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Topic: Shopping (03/01/07)
TITLE: Brunos Shopping Junket
By Beth LaBuff
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That summer Monday, mid July,
An unlatched gate, an oversight,
Brawny Bruno, angus bull,
Escaped and seized the day.
Gate left dangling, no more wrangling,
From pastureland did stray.
Bruno snorted, sensing freedom,
Belied mad-cow disease.
Bovine breakout from confinement,
Spurred on by summerâs breeze.
Westward on toward Chesterton,
Bruno trotted, head held high.
His cloven hooves would pillage.
Round about noon, same summer day,
Old Bruno spied a door,
âTwas Abeâs Market on Maple Street
The townâs lone grocâry store.
Into this shop he horned his way,
Shoved customers aside,
Proceeded past the canned goods aisle,
The grocer he defied.
Through the produce Bruno rambled,
Ingested apples ripe.
Purloined carrots, beets, and lettuce,
Digested in his tripe.
Shelves of bakery goods were tossed,
relieved of cakes and pies.
Pastries were trampled under hoof,
A produce aisle reprise.
Then to the chips and soda pop,
Without a backward glance,
Bruno bebopped through the snacks,
A bullish market dance.
His shopping frenzy trashed the place.
Left food strewn âcross the floor,
Noodles, crackers, maple syrup,
âClean-up on aisle fourâ.
What currency did Bruno use,
For this, his luncheon bender?
The last I heard in this fair land,
Cow pies werenât legal tender.
âEye for an eye,â must be repaid,
So says the Holy Book,
Brunoâs infraction was a sin,
The bull was ruled a crook,
The grocer uttered not a word,
Nor questions did he ask.
A minor scuffle could be heard,
One swiftly ended task.
New signs were posted on the wall,
Alas, âŚhere ends his tail.
âBrisket, Roasts -- 2.99â
Old Bruno was on sale!
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