Saturday, November 13, 2010

A Tale Untold

Now Crownsville was a little town, a picture-postcard place

The sort of town where life flows by at a much slower pace

Its citizens were happy folk - they seldom wore a frown

That is, until the fateful day the dragon came to town

He was a massive, ancient wyrm - nine yards from tip to tail

He soared in from the East on windmill wings of red-gold scale

And down upon the town he swooped, blowing fire from his nose

To light in Crownsville's baseball field, for an afternoon's repose

It happened they were playing ball that dark and fateful day

The score stood two to four with but an inning left to play

So when the wyrm descended, and the pitcher he did maim

A pallor wreathed the features of the patrons of the game

A terror-stricken few got up to flee, but most held fast

For Crownsville's nine were up to bat, and there seemed a chance at last

That with their opponent's pitcher being torn apart and et

There was just the slightest hope that Mudville might win this game yet

So above the pitcher's dying screams, the umpire howled "Play ball!"

The dragon munched on noisily as the opponent's fans, appalled,

Protested in the age-old way: "Kill the umpire!" they cried.

The dragon, taking note of this, obliged, and the umpire died.

Before this day the great wyrm had not followed baseball much

He'd never fathomed men's intrigue for bats and balls and such

But now at last he understood! It was just his kind of game!

So Crownsville's Cooney died at second, and the baseman did the same

Ten thousand fans, up in the stands, clutched their hearts in dread

As the laughing dragon swept the field and on the players fed

Then from out the Crownsville dugout surged the lineup, armed for war

The dragon whirled to face them, his talons dripping gore

"Ten to one on the dragon!" from the bookies came a shout

Hundreds rushed to place their money. In their hearts there was no doubt

That despite the dragon's fearsome skill at knocking players flat,

The fight would be no contest - with Casey at the bat.

But Flynn preceeded Casey, and likewise so did Blake

Of the first, the wyrm made pudding, of the second Shake-N-Bake

So that on the stricken multitude a deathlike silence sat

As the dragon, calmly waiting, picked his teeth with a broken bat

Then from the gladdened multitude went up a joyous yell-

-It rumbled from the mountaintops, it rattled in the dell;

It echoed in the dragon's ears and filled its heart with hate,

For Casey, mighty Casey, was advancing to the plate.

There was ease in Casey's manner and a gleam in Casey's eye

Though the dragon loomed before him, blowing smoke, prepared to fry

And when responding to the cheers bold Casey doffed his cap

No stranger in the crowd could doubt he'd beat that wyrm to crap.

Ten thousand eyes watched Casey as, taking off his shirt,

He warned the dragon "Son, you'll soon be in a world of hurt!"

He flexed his mighty muscles, as the crowd hurrahed his quip.

Defiance glazed the dragon's eye, a sneer caressed its lip.

The dragon leaped into the air, soaring high above its foe

Disdainfully it contemplated Casey, far below

With nonchalance it tipped a wing and dived down from the sun

It screamed down, missed, and augered in. Casey said "Strike one."

The dragon from its haunches sprang, came hurtling through the air

Its nostrils spitting fire, its talons poised to tear

Casey yawned, and made a sidestep - into the stands the monster flew

With a crash it wrecked the bleachers, and Casey said "Strike two."

A hush fell o'er the waiting crowd. They knew the end was near.

As the groggy dragon staggered, Casey kicked it in the rear.

The dragon yelped and limped away, then feebly turned, in pain

For one last shot at Casey, who stood watching with disdain.

The sneer has left the dragon's lip, its teeth are sharded stumps

Its wings are broken. It can't fly, no matter how it pumps.

And now it swings its battered head, coming at Casey low

And now the air is shattered by the force of Casey's blow.

Oh, somewhere in this favored land, the sun is shining bright

The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light

And somewhere men are laughing, and children showing grins.

But there is no joy in Crownsville : Sometimes the dragon wins.

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