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Friday, June 24, 2022


            The boys were camped at Dismal Swamp
            Super over, now telling ghost stories                                                                                                                 It was something they did every year                       
            Each one trying to tell the one most gory

            The story about the circus train wreck
            How the cat car broke open, they got away
            And how the search was made with dogs
            With no luck, none caught as of today

            “I hear they scream like a woman," one said
            Made them shudder, stare into the woods
            “Come on, you sissies, let's go to bed.”
            They zipped the tent fly, tight as they could

            Unbeknownst, in the middle of the night
            A dad came checking while they were asleep
            Flashlight off, tripped over a tent stake
            Bumped the tent and clumsily fell into a heap

            “What was that?" asked a sleepy voice
            “How do I know?" groggily replied another
            “Grab your BB guns! Let's find out”
            Trembling with fear, prodding each other

            Unzipping their tent, they peered out
            Saw a form crouching on the ground
            “Oh, my gosh! Look! It's a big black car!!”
            “Be quiet! Don't anybody make a sound!!”

            Aiming their guns, they let fly with effect
            And it screamed, turned, and tried to flee
            The boys, crying, panicked and scattered
            Screaming "Cat food! It's not gonna be me!!”

            Whimpering loudly, the dad got to his truck
            And then raced home as fast as he could
            He painfully stumbled into the house
            He woke his wife, as he knew he should

            He gingerly sat himself in a kitchen chair
            His wife rubbed ointment on his welts
            She giggled as he told her what happened
            Adding ridicule to how he now somehow felt

            His son came rushing into the room
            “Dad, guess what! We shot a big black cat!!”
            “Its scream didn't sound like a woman!”
            “It almost sounded human, imagine that!!”

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