23 Aug 2016 – Can You Pay the Fare?

best stay on shore if you can’t pay the fare!
The best seats? Down in steerage – not the helm!
The worst men won’t go meekly. Who else dares
demand they steer themselves to that far realm?

The tickets costly, you can scare afford
to sail but once – in rags – if you possess
them still, and you’ll go quietly onboard
and dare not cause the crew undo duress.

Yes, better that the buzzards pick you clean
than you attempt to sail that fearsome sea
without the wherewithal to be demeaned,
and swollen – face the greatest mystery.