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Halloween 2011

'Tis Halloween again, the economy is bad and lots of folks are outta work!
I'm gonna reverse this trick or treat racket, tho' some may think me quite a jerk!
Normally, hordes of kids come bangin' on my door pleadin', "Fill my tote!"
But this year I'm gonna dress like a bum and from behind my mask I'll gloat!

I'll tote a huge burlap bag and park my Cadillac so as to be discreet,
And march down every street in this fair city pleadin' fer things to eat!
I hope they'll pity this poor old tramp when I make my earnest plea,
And that they'll be more than generous and not call the law on me!

My spiel will go somethin' like this: "Won't you help a destitute family,
That is goin' through hard times facin' problems we could not foresee?
All I'm askin' of you is a few taters, maybe a can of corn or peas.
Anything would be appreciated and may God bless you if He please!"

After I make the rounds and arrive home to sort through my ill-gotten loot,
Of soups, ramen noodles, crackers, lima beans and assorted fruit,
I'll put it all back in the burlap bag and deliver it to a needy charity,
Than I'll scurry home to hand out treats to the little imps who call on me!

Robert L. Hinshaw, CMSgt, USAF, Retired
© All Rights Reserved

Tied for No. l in Russell Sivey's "Halloween Fun" Contest - October 2011

Copyright © Robert L. Hinshaw | Year Posted 2011

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Dented Cans, Dented Lives

The human body was built with a stretching ability. Skin and muscles are very elastic and prepared for adversities. Bones can be fractured and broken, but mends back in time. Ache me; bend me; mend me; brake me; mane me; pain me; I bounce back. Everything within me connects, communicates, and confers with each other. But I am wondering about 'the goings on' of a can of corn, if dented. If a dent is made in a can of corn, does it force the kernels to draw closer together?  It's like this.  While cleaning our food closet one day, I overheard a most interesting dialogue between designated speakers for the corn and the water.                        

"What just happened here?" said the whole kernel can of corn to the water in the can. "I felt a deep stump that shook us as you moved like a high tidal wave."   "I know! said the water, it was as if someone just threw us into a large tote of other cans". "I don't know what's going on here, but I sure wish it would stop.  We have feelings too?" They seem to care more about a dent in their cars than one in a can containing their food supply.  Go figure".                                                                                                                                                    

After a pause, the corn kernel said, "Anyway, the dent they caused just took away some of our already crowded space.  Moreover, I suspect before long someone will come looking to eat us, notwithstanding the dent in the can.  Until then we'll just have to deal with the way things are.  "On the other hand, said the water,  they might decide to eat us as a last resort, like when things are bad and money is tight.  In that way we'll last longer.  I must say that as a result of our can being dent, not only have we both been stirred, but we have been forced to communicate like humans do.  Maybe we'll also learn to bounce back like humans".  And the corn kernel said, "Perhaps so, and I guess if you are going to get eaten, later is better for us."                                                                                                                                                                              

12242017 PS Contest, Dented Cans, John Lawless                                                                                       (Personification)

Copyright © curtis johnson | Year Posted 2017