bless our house and its heart so savage

down where i darn with the milk-eyed mender/you and i and a love so tender/stretched on the hoop where i stitch this adage:/“bless our house and its heart so savage”

the signs as the songs of the milk-eyed mender

aries: the book of right-on

do you want to sit at my table?/my fighting fame is fabled/and fortune finds me fit and able

taurus: sprout and the bean

should we go outside?/should we break some bread?/are y’interested?

gemini: inflammatory writ

and as for my inflammatory writ?/well, I wrote it, and I was not inflamed one bit

cancer: sadie

you and I and a love so tender/stretched on the hoop where I stitch this adage/”bless our house and its heart so savage”

leo: clam, crab, cockle, cowrie

that’s why I love this town/well, just look around/to see me serenaded hourly!/and celebrated sourly! and dedicated dourly!/waltzing with the open sea/clam, crab, cockle, cowrie/will you just look at me?

virgo: en gallop

and you laws of property/you free economy/and you unending afterthoughts/you could’ve told me before

libra: peach, plum, pear

this is unlike the story/it was written to be/I was riding its back/when it used to ride me

scorpio: three little babes

“for I shan’t stay here in this wicked world/when there’s a better one for me/cold clods, cold clods, inside my bed/cold clods down at my feet/the tears my dear mother shed for me/would wet my winding sheet”

sagittarius: cassiopeia

and in store are dreams so daring/that the night can’t stop from staring/and I’ll swim sweetly as a herring/through the ether, not despairing

capricorn: swansea

dear one, drive on/when all we want to do/is chew, and chew, and chew

aquarius: bridges and balloons

oh my love, oh it was a funny little thing/to be the ones to’ve seen

pisces: this side of the blue

and I find myself knowing the things that I knew/which is all that you can know on this side of the blue