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
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”
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
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
You say there are no lesser men
only saints we’ve yet to understand.
So how do I stand before you?
The fabled fool, the bitch of fortune.
You smile and preach forgiveness,
yet condemn my bones in the same breath.
And still I’m glad to serve you,
for kings need jesters too