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A Nauseous Nocturne

A Nauseous Nocturne
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toby8915


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A Nauseous Nocturne
Another night deprived of slumber,
Hours passing without number,
My eye trace 'round the room. I lay

Dripping sweat and now quite certain
That tonight the final curtain
Drops upon my life's short precious play.

From the darkness, by the closet
Comes a noise, much like a faucet
Makes: a madd'ning drip-drip-dripping sound.

It seems some ill-proportioned beast,
Anticipating me deceased,
Is drooling poison puddles on the ground..

A can of mace, a forty-five,
Is all I'd need to stay alive,
But no weapon lies within my sight.

Oh my gosh! A shadow's creeping,
Ominous ans black, it's seeping
Slowly 'cross a moonlit square of light!

Suddenly a floorboard creak
Anounces the bloodsucking freak
Is here to steal my future years away!
A sulf'rous smell now fills the room
Heralding my imm'nent doom!
A fang gleams in the dark and murky gray!

Oh, blood-red eyes a tentacles!
Throbbing, pulsing ventricles!
Mucus-oozing porses and frightful claws!

Worse, in terms of outright scariness,
Are the suckers multifarious
That grab and force you in its mighty jaws!
This disgusting aberration
Of nature needs no motivation
To devour helpless children in their beds.
Relishing despairing moans,
It chews kids up and sucks their bones,
And disolves inside its mouth their li'l heads!

I know this 'cause I read it not
Two hours ago and then I got
The heebie-jeebies and these awful shakes.

My parents swore upon their honor
That I was safe, and not a goner.
I guess tomorrow they'll see their sad mistakes.

In the morning, they'll come in
And say, "What was that awful din
We heard last night? You kept us both from sleep!"

Only then will they surmise
The gruesomeness of my demise
And see that my remains are in a heap.

Dad will look at Mom and say,
"Too bad he had to go that way."
And Mom will look at Dad and nod assent.

Mom will add, "Still, it's fitting,
That as he was this world quiting,
He should leave another mess before he went."
They may not miss me first, I know.
They will miss me later, though,
And perhaps admit that they were wrong.
As memories of me grow dim,
They'll say, "We were too strict with him.
We should have listened to him all along."

As speedily my end approaches,
I bid a final "buenas noches"
To my best friend in the world.
Gently snoring, whiskers seeming
To sniff at smells (he must be dreaming),
He lies snuggled in the blackets curled.

HEY! WAKE UP, YOU STUPID CRETIN!
YOU GONNA SLEEP WHILE I GET EATEN?!
Suddenly the monster knows I'm not alone!

There's an animal in bed with me!
an awful beast he did not see!
The monster never would've come if he had know!

The monster, in his confernation,
Demonstrates defenestration,
And runs and runs and runs and runs away.

Rid of the pest,
I now can rest,
Thanks to my best friend, who saved the day.
©1989 Bill Watterson

poeju


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Very cool, simple and clever design. Well done!

darci1958


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Never heard it...read it...LOVE THE SHIRT

toby8915


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darci1958 wrote:Never heard it...read it...LOVE THE SHIRT


It is from the Calvin and Hobbes Anthology

flemtone


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VERY well done! I'm a C&H junkie from the time Watterson's work first appeared as a strip, and this is one of the all-time best. Really, who else would construct the rhyme: "As speedily my end approaches,
I bid a final "buenas noches"? It's, like, art, man!

*snaps fingers, adjusts beret*

Seriously, this poem and the accompanying artwork from the first C&H anthology showed what Watterson could do when not on deadline for a daily strip. There are a few artists on this site who, I think, have the same potential. I'd put Apelad in that small group for his 'Laugh-out-loud Cats' strip alone.

Thanks for finding this poem and introducing it to others, for working a great shirt design from it, and for reminding me that it's time to re-read the 'Complete C&H'.

GMV

toby8915


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flemtone wrote:VERY well done! I'm a C&H junkie from the time Watterson's work first appeared as a strip, and this is one of the all-time best. Really, who else would construct the rhyme: "As speedily my end approaches,
I bid a final "buenas noches"? It's, like, art, man!

*snaps fingers, adjusts beret*

Seriously, this poem and the accompanying artwork from the first C&H anthology showed what Watterson could do when not on deadline for a daily strip. There are a few artists on this site who, I think, have the same potential. I'd put Apelad in that small group for his 'Laugh-out-loud Cats' strip alone.

Thanks for finding this poem and introducing it to others, for working a great shirt design from it, and for reminding me that it's time to re-read the 'Complete C&H'.

GMV


thanks, and Calvin and Hobbes should be mandatory reading.

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