King Clover

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do your smiling teeth shield you from the truth?
or did I see you flinch?
your mirror is unimpressed with your sale
kills your dreams with no more than a pinch.

all you said you wanted
was a lucky rabbits foot
to use
all the time you were unaware
of the scars from the abuse of your fortune

the second biggest shame to me
is you cast your own pall
tooth decay is plain to see
if you ever notice at all

I’m glad your luck is a gift to the world
King Clover
taking stock in your bondage of toil
King Clover
and every knave who won’t listen is branded a churl
King Clover
you’re a silver-tongued, goldbricking,
copperhead foil.

King Clover, what have you got now?


from No Feet on the Cowling, released July 1, 1989
Written by David Barbe



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