Little Foot, the Bigfoot
By Kevin Fuss
The Pacific Northwest, a most wondrous land
With trees and with mountains, all nearby at hand.
In a county called Whatcom this story does place
With a creature of legend, an uncommon case.
The forests of Whatcom are home to a beast
Whose mythos is sung from the west to the east.
The Bigfoot, a Sasquatch, the hairy ape-man,
The beasties stay hidden like only they can.
So hidden, in fact, that the world as a whole
Believe Bigfoot a hoax, a rigamarole.
The uncommon case that’s revealed by this tale
Is strange when compared to an ox, lamb or snail.
A Bigfoot, a Sasquatch, a hairy ape-child
Whose size of his feet is to be quite reviled.
Little Foot, the Bigfoot was by what he was known.
His misshapen feet made him feel all alone.
More human than Sasquatch these bipedal paws
With whispers that claimed they were character flaws.
The young Little Foot had been constantly teased,
Berated and bullied, completely displeased.
Callous Bigfoot cubs rudely would point, laugh and stare
And call him man foot, gibbon, or baby bugbear.
As so, in pretense, that these words did not hurt,
He still felt so low, he felt low as the dirt.
And in his cave late in the night he would cry,
“Why must my feet be small and freaky, oh why?”
And of his tormentors, the worst it would seem
Was Moloch the Sasquatch cause mean was his scheme.
His constant demands from the other young sprites
Were ruthless and brutal, a bully’s delights.
Yet all of the pack themselves would just savor
For Moloch the Sasquatch to grant them his favor.
To make matters worse, both his feet were so large,
He left little doubt about who was in charge.
Though status was never an issue for him,
With Moloch the Sasquatch, the bragging a whim.
So one day the braggart was weaving a yarn
A story displaying his guts, spunk and charm.
When throughout the green forest, who should approach?
Little Foot, the Bigfoot expecting reproach.
“Look,” chortled the bully, enticing the crowd,
“The Human Foot Bigfoot!” His voice sang so loud.
“The weirdest Bigfoot around without debate.
Feet smaller than any in Washington state!”
Little Foot, the Bigfoot ran off full of tears,
The insults stung worse when it came from his peers.
The sad, little creature, alone and afraid,
Behind a tree trunk, he escaped where he stayed.
Cruel laughter rang out through the forest of trees,
A daily occurrence, this scene would reprise.
Little Foot, the Bigfoot went home to his cave.
He wished to be happy, beloved and brave.
Little Foot, the Bigfoot knew where he could go
A place cold and icy and covered with snow.
Atop of Mount Baker the Sasquatch would thrive,
The mountain would help Little Foot feel alive.
But Mount Baker was not a place to embrace.
A stratovolcano, a dangerous space.
Little Foot, the Bigfoot could see lava flow
And glance at the forest found way down below.
He’d come to Mount Baker when he felt most sad,
While Nature’s power displays worldly earth clad.
His secret retreat gave a chance to reflect
On ways that his destiny could course correct.
“Oh, what can I do to make my life better?”
As crystals of frost made his hair feel wetter.
The soft, salty tears, they would freeze to his face.
He hoped that bad memories he could erase.
A tabula rasa, the quest for the day,
Little Foot, the Bigfoot bad thoughts chased away.
As white snow matted in his brown fuzzy hair,
Little Foot, the Bigfoot jumped round with a flair.
He huffed and he puffed and his breath he could see,
The menacing niche was his safe jubilee.
So when he came home form Mount Baker that eve,
The terrible feelings had all taken leave.
Though Little Foot, the Bigfoot’s hope was renewed,
A relapse was something he couldn’t preclude.
Little Foot, the Bigfoot stared up at the stars,
The moon glowing brighter, much brighter than Mars.
A shooting star flashed cross the black nighttime sky,
A wish formed inside the Sasquatch’s mind’s eye.
He pictured a day when he’s not an outcast,
Accepted by all and no longer harassed.
Little Foot, the Bigfoot’s most desperate hope,
His wish to be granted; the world changing scope.
The nocturnal beast said a short, silent prayer
Yon shooting star’s moxie would smooth his despair.
The night turned to day and the day to the noon,
His secret dream he hoped no one would impugn.
Little Foot, the Bigfoot avoided the horde
Of Moloch the Sasquatch’s mindless accord.
The day was so lovely, the birds sang a tune,
He softly joined in with a growl and a croon.
Life could be good. It could also be happy.
The flowery day made him act so sappy.
Unfortunate Little Foot, he could not hide
From the other Bigfoots though he tried and he tried.
Despite his best effort, despite his chagrin,
The voices would cry out and make crawl his skin.
With Moloch the Sasquatch nowhere to be seen,
The remaining rivals seemed really serene.
“Why couldn’t he pick me to go with him too?”
Asked Hugo the Bigfoot, a whine all thru.
“Yes, what I would give to be there with our friends,”
Said Benjamin Bigfoot, who lies ‘til the end.
“Oh, Moloch is famed, he’s such a great hero,”
Said Tom the Sasquatch, an absolute zero.
The hangers-on wished they were able to go
With Moloch the Sasquatch, where he didn’t know.
But then the uncertainty cleared from his mind.
By facts undisputed the truth they did find.
That Moloch the Sasquatch had taken a group
Up Mount Baker’s slope to a point on the stoop.
The dangers they risked as they took this long route,
Little Foot, the Bigfoot knew well without doubt.
But things were about to become so much worse
Another young Bigfoot ran up a averse.
His name was Zu Kwan Jin, his fur very light.
He looked like a yeti, though not quite that white.
“Hey Moloch’s in trouble and so are the rest,”
He said as he gasped for more air in his chest.
“I tried to catch up to the group on their way,
But I ducked out of sight before things went astray.
Two humans I saw on the way to my meet.
How strange that they look with their odd little feet.”
“Two humans are no match for Moloch the Great!”
Said Tom the Sasquatch with his loyalty trait.
“But that’s not the worst part, the worst that I heard,”
A shiver of fear shook before the next word.
“Overhearing this news scared me deeply,” he cried.
“The mountain is going to erupt from inside.”
The assembled Bigfoots knew just what that mean.
The molten rock flowing, its normal routine.
And Moloch the Sasquatch and his sycophants,
Engulfed by hot lava like trees, shrubs and plants.
And they would be doomed, they would all pass away.
Their emotions showing and placed on display.
Little Foot, the Bigfoot knew there was a chance
Of saving them all though ‘twas hard at first glance.
“I know the mountain like the back of my hand.
The nature is deadly, the mountain is grand.”
Little Foot, the Bigfoot describing his plans
Avoiding the lava and the two humans.
If there be two humans, then more are a knack,
By knowing that humans travel in a pack.
So Little Foot, the Bigfoot departed to go
A place cold and icy and covered with snow.
The other Bigfoots followed right behind him
Though snow was the last thing that made them feel grim.
They trekked out the forest and up on the hill.
The snow and the ice gave them all a deep chill.
The earth’s rumble rattled, the ground it did shake,
Foretelling the future of lava and quake.
The first shake sent Benjamin Bigfoot away,
His cowardice making him not want to stay.
And Zu Kwan Jin was the next Bigfoot to ditch
His self-preservation a huge, major glitch.
The Tom the Sasquatch and Hugo the Bigfoot,
Hightailed it away from the flame and the soot.
Little Foot, the Bigfoot alone he became
Since none of the other’s courage was the same.
And so up Mount Baker Little Foot did run
To save the bullies in the bright summer sun.
The ground shook again with a violent outburst.
This moment right now it was clearly the worst.
Little Foot, the Bigfoot continued his quest,
His heart pounding quickly inside of his chest.
He weaved through the ice and the snow in a heap,
But progress had slowed for him down to a creep.
Little Foot, the Bigfoot saw trouble up there.
These pesky humans were setting up their lair.
The human pack had Mount Baker’s pathway blocked
With machines and equipment, they’re ready and stocked.
So what could he do to avoid the blockade?
His skin all a quiver as he felt afraid.
A promising scheme popped right into his brain.
The feasible fortune he could ascertain.