Have you even been to Beaver Falls?
Where fish flip flop
Have you ever been to Beaver Falls
Where fish flip flop In water falls
And squirrels pit stop
In sequoias tall
Where Redbirds play with Wrens
Where time never end...
As close as you can get to Utopia
Where people go to forget their phobias
And Larks play with Meadowlarks
And every front yard is a park
flirt with Dragonflies
While fire flies mesmerize
Sleepy silver skies
The Post office on 12th and J
And Beaver Elementary sits a block away.
The supermarket on 12th and L
And The Fire station
With the Dalmatian
To see the falls at night
Just make a right
On 14th and Long
In such a place
What could ever go wrong?
Oregon Board of Parole
“Mr. Stanton, you have lived a life
Of criminal notoriety.
You have been a blemish on this society.
You have wreaked havoc and despair
Why should this Parole board even care?
The last twenty years you lost
Still doesn’t pay for the tears you cost.
You have committed life’s filthiest sin
And of this you should never be guilty again."
“Dear board I have had twenty years to regret my errors
Never again will I bring children pain or terror."
A week later
We the Oregon State Department of Corrections
Hereby reluctantly grant you parole
But if you ever harm another child, Mr. Stanton
MayGod have mercy on your twisted soul.
Mr. Stanton, you are hereby eligible
A conditional release
You are indebted to this State
And never again break our peace.
Beaver Elementary School
What do you mean
My daughter didn’t attend school?
There has to be a mistake.
She got on the bus this morning
The Driver saw her for Christ Sake
“Calm down, Ma’am
There’s no reason to shout
Maybe her father checked her out”
“That’s not possible he’s not even alive.”
And they waited until the hour reached five
The janitor heard those screams.
Past the auditorium and down the halls
And those tears streamed from her face
Just like those water falls.
And they listened to the Tick and the Tock
Of the Principal's Clock.
“Ma’am we’ve checked every where
The police have to be called.”