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Road Kill

I apologize in advance to all members of the ASPCA who obviously will not think this poem is as funny as I do, and to all those unfortunate critters, who for some reason, decide to wander into the road just as a car comes into view.
©2011 by Jon Gutmacher
It lost its life
when it crossed the street
it didn’t know
no better
But I guess it doesn’t
matter now
it couldn’t be
much deader

It’s splattered now
across the street
all spread across the ground
just moments before
it wandered there
to cross the road
t’was bound

It was really dark
it was kinda wet
I was driving a little fast
it just sort of darted
out in front
. . . I tried to let it
pass

But it froze right there
like . . . caught in time
it’s eyes looked straight at me
I tried to swerve
I tried to brake
but it was difficult
to see

I’m not sure what type critter . . .
exactly that you were . . .
raccoon or skunk
perhaps a mole
but now
just guts and
fur

I’m sorry I ran you over
it was such an awful crunch . . .
but one good thing
did come out of it
the buzzards
now
have lunch

The image is from a wonderful cartoon artist, Jen Gagne, whose work I really enjoy, and appears with permission. Her website is well worth visiting if you need a smile, and all the cartoons have the amazing brightness and humor of this one, which is located at: http://www.psychohappy.com/comics-archive/2011-07-25-roadkill-raccoon.jpg
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