Incident on Main Street, Kenopsia, Minnesota

Incident on Main Street, Kenopsia, Minnesota

Kenopsia, Minnesota
is a pissant, little burg
has been ever since
that one horse died,
only landmark is Mel’s Burgers
on Main St, the only street.
Try Mel’s Famous Burgers
the sign on the outskirts
of town says and some people do.

One day a stranger came to town
dressed in black with a low brim hat
and Lee Van Cleef eyes
some say he hailed from Aphasia, Wisconsin
others were past saying
you know what I’m sayin’.

The stranger walks into Mel’s Burgers
and Mel’s dog starts to howl
a pitiful howl that could be heard
in Amentalio, ten miles down the road.
Give me one of your famous burgers
he says to Mel, and Mel does
ten minutes later
the stranger is dead on the floor
and all hopes the town had
of appearing in a Stephen King novel
or an episode of Fargo
died with that stranger.

Thanks to Linda over at dverse for her excellent prompt, check it out here. The names of the towns in the poem were taking from the book The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows by John Koenig. All is explained in Linda’s post.

23 thoughts on “Incident on Main Street, Kenopsia, Minnesota

  1. The Cheesesellers Wife

    Dammit Jim, you’ve done it again! Wonderful poem. Looks totally effortless as usual! I’m still smiling at “the one horse died” (this is a family joke here whenever we pass through small places) and I love “Lee Van Cleef eyes”.

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  2. hedgewitch

    Not easy to take obscure sorrows and make a satire like this from them, one which fires on every cylinder and leaves the reader’s face cracked into an embarrassingly wide grin. I have so been through that town. My black hat is off to you, my friend.

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