A Murder Mystery

The butler was stifling a chuckle;
The widow was laughing out loud;
The corpus delicti
Who hung by his necktie
Was drawing a big beaming crowd.

The maid who was doing the dishes
Was snickering into the suds;
The gardener and pool man
Were shouting, “That’s cool, Man!”
And toasting each other with “Buds.”

One could guess that the victim was cranky,
Obnoxious, offensive, or rude --
But the cops can’t begin
To find who did him in
Till they tone down the jubilant mood.

Pat D'Amico