I really like this poem. It is based on a true recollection, although I cannot vouch for the accuracy of all of the events it contains. I performed this poem recently at the Ghost of the Gorman House Man Hatin' Matron open mic and also on ABC local radio. A gentleman in the Gorman House audience told me it sounded like a short story. I took this as a compliment, as I try to make each of my poems a complete tale. But he then went on to explain: 'Yeah, when I think of poetry I think of rhythm and rhyme. Your story didn't rhyme.'