A Good Return

Johnny come lately jumps the gun
Near the beginning of the freeze.
The finger of blame, moving, scatters in turn
Down the track, the lonely hunter still has time to kill
Investing in emotion, inside the broken tower
Mr Standfast spins the wheel and looks to windward
Jesting Pilate, no longer ill at ease
Pilgrims regress upon the rocks, into the Siren’s land
Only fishermen select, haul nets back in
Low down to a sunless sea.

The Devil’s advocate has escaped from Absolom
Waiting for Zaccheus and the miracle
Stationed well at Vanity Fair
The children of men have torn down Schindler’s list
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, are dead
Solomon lifts up his foolish hand
A mourning dove released, bites the dust
While hungry dogs feed on vomit, sleeping well
Humpty Dumpty had outrageous fortune
Proud to catch a good return of phrase.

The Jew of Malta hast committed fornication
Under consent of the Fisher King
Returning cold to the river’s edge
Rekindling interest
In the dark side of the ring
The Wizard of Oz has been found naked
Trembling behind the iron curtain torn
By Cinderella barefoot
Returning from Lake Placid
To the manor born.

The lean solicitor has broken down
Holding up the good consumer
Before so great a cloud of witnesses
The ancient woman gathers fuel
Not far from where the maddening crowd
Press, judge and jury lose their baggage
Along the crooked road, left unrepaired
Bearded virgins come, marching home again
Bearing scissors, letting down their hair.

A Good Return


Kingston Heights, New Zealand

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