amos the churchmouse: amos tries the new craze

Gary Mitchell

amos the churchmouse:
a view from under the pew

Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the keyboard shift keys, but he can’t operate the capital shift, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens.

amos tries the new craze

boss there s a new form of
high-class entertainment
here in the church pew
underworld these days –
naw it s not roping wild
aphids or dunking
millipedes or trying to
catch greased pot-bellied
pigs – as much fun as
all that sounds

the young daredevils of the
church kitchen are calling it
the spaghetti dive and all the
church pew crew now flock
to the top of the water faucet to
dive into the church s leftover
sunday night spaghetti
and meatball dinner

it all started by accident or
at least by drunkenness
rudy the sewer rat thought
he was a high-wire circus
performer tiptoeing along
the edge of the kitchen sink
when he missed a step and
fell headlong into the bowl

help help says he
in between gurgles of
spaghetti sauce

it wasn t long boss before
a crowd began to gather
around the sink s edge
hey looky there rudy s
swimming in the spaghetti
hey rudy whatcha doing

help help was all the
drunken sewer rat could
utter but nobody heard
him through all the sauce

that looks like fun says
sammy salamander let s
dive in too