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Who Ya Gonna Call?

National Poetry Month/Poem a Day

By Chuck EtheridgePublished 12 months ago 1 min read

Long before Cosplay was a thing

Before VHS and DVDs

Before streaming video

Before Movies on Demand,

Before the birth, and death, of Blockbuster

My friend Don and I

Wanted to be Ghostbusters

We went to various

El Paso area dollar theaters

Watched the movie three times

Took notes on clothes,

On proton packs with nutrina wands

Memorized the theme song

For a couple of months

We built packs

Wired electronics

Made outfits

Worked up a song

And a dance to go with it

We entered

Several costume contests

And won one

Audience calling out “Ghostbusters”

As we sang and danced

First prize was a hundred dollars

A princely sum

Which we never received

Don, in Michigan,

I, in Texas

Speak regularly,

We still wonder

Where our hundred bucks are

Three hundred in today’s dollars

Six hundred if we’d invested

To be honest

We’d have spent it

On beer

But we wonder

How our alma mater

(Sponsor of the costume contest)

Would react

If we sent a bill

Demanding payment


About the Creator

Chuck Etheridge

Novelist, Teacher, Transplanted West Texan, Reluctant Poet

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  • Chuck Etheridge (Author)3 months ago

    Thanks so much! Just so you know, lots of folk in California are moving to Texas. Despite the way you see us portrayed on TV, we're mostly very nice folk--plus, no state income tax!

  • Jay Kantor3 months ago

    Hi Chuck - So glad I've just discovered your eclectic offerings. Got any room in 'Texas' for this disgruntled Californian? It's so nice to see your 'Original' offerings to offset the snippers/with sharp scissors among. *As I scroll through your presentations I've subscribed with pleasure looking forward to viewing more of your Shorts. I'm not into contests/rewards; I'm Ai~Less. Jay, Jay Kantor, Chatsworth, California 'Senior' Vocal Author - Vocal Village Community -

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