Amos — spooky superstititions

By Gary Mitchell

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

spooky superstititions

weird things have been
happening to me recently boss
it s like some black cat
has been planning my
things-to-do list

first of all i didn t
want to get out of bed
especially after last
night s dream i dreamed
of an invasion of alien
black cats who had a
secret sonar system to
ferret out little mice
like me boss

then i tried to tiptoe
past the custodian while
he was mopping the kitchen
floor but he dumped water
all over me

while i was shaking myself
dry my tail swished around
and found the nearest
electrical outlet – and
no this is not my new
hairstyle – so what if i look
like a frizzy tennis ball

i had just about decided
to leave the animal kingdom
for a nice cave in yellowstone
park when georgie the gypsy
moth came flittering by

it s spooky ole halloween
amos he sang almost
joyfully what happened
to you my fuzzy friend you
look like the fattest hairy
caterpillar i ve ever seen

thanks a lot says i you re
an awfully cheerful soul
i thought all gypsy moths
were a superstitious lot
it looks like it ll be a real
doozy of a halloween

aw you shouldn t let scary
images of witches on
broomsticks or ghoulish
monsters frighten you nor
should you worry about
such things as broken mirrors
or black cats crossing your
path as being bad luck either

as far as i m concerned any
cat crossing my path is
bad luck says i are you
saying you don t

i used to be the most scared
superstitious gypsy moth
in the universe he said

so how did you overcome it
i asked how did get past all
the fear all the anxiety and all
the looking over your shoulder

it wasn t easy nor was it
overnight said he but you
might say it happened when
i saw the light

saw what light i asked

the light of jesus and his
love for me

but how can that be – what is
it about jesus love that sets
you free says me

first of all he s lord of all
nothing happens without his
call he s the king of every
situation ain t no surprises
at his station he brings good
out of bad turns your sad
into glad

jesus is the one who redeems
evil and transforms it into
the things that build us up
and cause us to rejoice inside

you know what boss he
was right the church pew
underworld was having a
masquerade party today
and i went as an electrified
glow worm i won first
prize – a sleek looking
new catamaran – it s really
the cat s meow boss

amos