fable of fortune

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

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
—  you cast the shadow of all my mistakes // t.s

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