Her brother had rigged up a zip wire,
Which was a lot more fun than a grapevine.
It wasn't a long ride, but it was a scary one.
Down the mountainside and over the gulch,
On her first zip down, she'd barfed up her lunch.
No such thing as a taxi in their little town.
Model-T's, yes, but not too many of those around.
Folks who lived in the mountains kept pretty much to themselves.
It'd been that way ever since the day of the feud.
Who'da' thought a field of cauliflowers could bring on such bloodshed?
Well, it had happened and ever since everyone had been on their guard.
The only time a mountain person went to town was when they ran out of sugar or salt.
Even then they'd always take a hound dog or two...and their shotgun.
The summer sky turned mauve-colored at night,
And if the moon was out, the shadows would turn purple and move about.
Some said the mountain people believed in ghosts.
Two-legged ghosts was more like it.
On this night, the lamplight has turned the needlepoint pillows into a soft shade of yellow,
And given a glow to the tall white pitcher on the table.
I hear a strange noise and slip out to the porch so I can look around.
Brother is already there, and he whispers "Shhhhh....."
At the edge of the woods I see purple shadows moving about.
"It's them thieves," Brother hisses. "They're on their way to the cauliflower field."
We sneak inside and grab our shotguns.
"To the zip wire!" my brother says. "We'll get there first."
"Bang, bang, bang!" Brother holds his gun up and shoots into the air.
"Hold up! Don't shoot! We don't mean no harm," comes a cry from the field.
"You're after our cauliflowers," Brother yells. "Get the hell out!"
Just then a cloud moves off and bright moonlight floods the field.
"These are the best cauliflowers in the country," a loud voice says.
"Then buy them Charley Cheap, and don't steal them!" Brother's voice is strong.
At that, the town's mayor pulls out his wallet and throws several bills on the ground.
"Sorry, but the wife couldn't wait for you to bring them to market.
She makes the best cauliflower soup around."