Misty Mountain Mouse


Misty mountain mouse

Ran into my fountain house

“Hello,” I said

The Queen is dead

And Mary Poppins lives.”

The mouse twinkled his nose

As an innuendo for cheese

The kind Old Mother Hubbard gives.

I feeling funny; feeling silly

Only asked the mouse to say please.

After tickering on the floor

He gave me a stare of deplore

“Mice cannot talk –

Cloudy clogged brain –

Mixed up old man –

I demand my jam!”

Finally taking the floor board

Out the mountain door,

“Goodbye,” I said

“This time is dead

But this scene

I will always remember”



John Alan Conte` JR


Written at Marquette University

Dedicated to my nephew Tommy

He was around six at the time