The Mummy Went to Market
“The Mummy went to Market”
The mummy went to market.
Took his sarcophagus and parked it.
Parallel to the curb,
in our little suburb.
He got out…wrapped in cotton.
Most of it was rotten.
Entered through the open door.
We didn't know what was in store.
What was a mummy doing here?
He said, "Let me make this…very clear,"
as he spat out cotton threads,
all over our satin spreads.
"I want a pillow…full of down,
new cotton gauze…to wrap around.
I feel a breeze in between, so
I need cotton that is clean."
We filled his order; he paid with gold.
The coins he held in a fold
where his pants pocket would be,
if he’d had those on, you see.
From his feet to his head,
he was wrapped in cotton thread,
which were waving up and down,
and were such a sickly brown.
He went into our dressing room.
But did not come out all that soon.
We heard some grunting, horrible sound.
When he came out, oh, what we found!
That mummy was looking spiffy,
Certain to turn some heads in a jiffy.
He was headed for his ride,
to drive where he could hide.
We probably won’t see him anymore,
not inside our little store.
But we know he'll rest indeed.
His cotton gauze is guaranteed!
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