Puppet ABC - 1

by Jerry Ratch


I am not

a Road Scholar,

ladies & gentlemen,


though I've been

On the Road

more than once.


Do not mistake me

for a bum.

I am not a hobo,

homeless or otherwise,


in this life

or any other,

I am not a bum,

I insist.


But I do know why the world's fireflies

are being counted.

Because it is so difficult to believe

that no one would have them,

and that the light from them

has been diminished.


At some point

you have to stop nibbling

from the moldy cake,

ladies & gentlemen,

to discover the truth about this.

Believe me.