Tuesday, 11 October 2011

The Mad Gasser of Mattoon

As the winter stole relentlessly
all light from the fog blocked moon
the town clock struck the midnight bell
as a prowler scoured Mattoon

From street to street and avenue
trudged the acrid gas filled goon
spreading clouds of pungent ambience
as they slumbered in Mattoon

What beastly stench could permeate
to make victims gag and swoon
a curried pout from a septic gut
Mad Gasser of Mattoon?


  1. In 1944 Mattoon Illinos was supposedly under gas attack. My wife thinks it could have been me. Not likely, I can't eat curry anyway.

  2. Me thinks there is a wiff of truth in your wifes' observation.