Madman on the street, recounting
His days with the queen.
“She was just a wee lass ye know.
Won’t ye give us a kiss on the cheek?”
“The dogs, they howl so mournfully
In the garden, for they have
but a scrap to eat.”
Chewing at his fingernail, he bends
His head to the cobblestones.
Music wafts from the pub,
The tune of his life.
“Oh, I do remember the time
She said, ‘Barnaby,’ ‘Barnaby
She said, won’t ye come in here
And talk wit me? Won’t ye now?’”
“An’ I said, Aye, I will. An’ she
gave me sweets ta eat,
an’ life was good.
She gave me sweets.”
And he went about his way,
a tip of the hat to some and
to others he paid no mind.