Jerseywocky by Paul Kieffer
Found on the Net by Mark Stewart


Thanks to Mark Stewart for locating and contributing this great poem to @DG. To see other goodies of Mark's, he invites you to his Web page at http://www.trenton.edu/~stewart/.



       Jerseywocky
      (Paul Kieffer)
 
 'Twas Bergen and the Erie road
 Did Mahwah into Paterson;
 All Jersey were the Ocean Groves
 And the Red Bank Bayonne.
 
 "Beware the Hopatcong, my son!
 The teeth that bite! The nails that claw!
 Beware the Bound Brook bird, and shun
 The Kearney Communipaw!"
 
 He took his Belmar blade in hand,
 Long time the Folsom foe he sought,
 Till rested he by a Bayway tree
 And stood awhile in thought.
 
 And as in Nutley thought he stood,
 The Hopatcong, with eyes of flame,
 Came Whippany through the Englewood
 And Garfield as it came.
 
 One two! one two! and through and through
 The Belmar blade went Hackensack!
 He left it dead, and with its head
 He went Weehawken back.
 
 "And hast though slain the Hopatcong?
 Come to my arms, my Perth Amboy!
 Hohokus day! Soho! Rahway!"
 He Caldwell in his joy.
 
 'Twas Bergen and the Erie road
 Did Mahwah into Paterson;
 All Jersey were the Ocean Groves
 And the Red Bank Bayonne.