Black Road Beggar

The black road beggar’s back again –
Grandpa told me he was coming.
Said that I’d be better off
To stay inside and pray for kings.

“Just watch him kick the dust and leave
Him be to scout the neighborhood
A bit. He won’t find nothin’ here!
I heard tell he came around
When Sammy Clemens was a’born,
Then struck him dead the next time by.”

The old man searched the starry road
For visitors while whispering,
“O, messenger of death and light,
Just who will be your prize tonight?”

The black road beggar’s back again –
Grandpa told me he was coming.

7/16/1985
~ Halley’s Comet ~

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