The Ballad of Clyde Monroe

Here’s the story of a flower-bedecked tree…

Flowers in his hair
Clyde stands tall
leaning a little to one side

He drinks in the air
clean and pristine
leaning a little to the side

Cash in his lair
twinkles light his eyes
as he leans just a little to one side

He knows not where
his relatives abide
tho’ they’re often just a little to the side

Machísmo is a bear
hard to maintain
so he leans just a little to one side

Minding his affairs
Clyde chanced upon an elk
standing a little to one side

Greetings were shared
along with local news
slanted a little to one side

“We haven’t many cares,”
agreed Elk & Clyde
smugly leaning a little to the side

“We’re a good ol’ pair,”
stated Clyde to Elk
tipping just a bit to the side

“True friendship is rare,”
Elk said, misty-eyed
sitting quite suddenly on his side

Into the distance they stared
at rough seas, city lights
leaning crazily side by side

“Do we dare?”
asked Elk, stripping down with care
stepping a little bit to the side

“Yes,” said Clyde, and bared
his limbs, ready, able,
yet leaning a little to the side

“How do we prepare?”
“Jump in,” said Clyde,
stepping down a little to one side

“Water’s brisk!” said Elk
but they fared just fine
because they leaned on each other side by side

Elk splashed, Clyde aired
even Moon beamed down
shining just a little to one side

Sure cure for despair
swimming naked in the sea
whether you lean a little to the side

“What ho!” sang Claire
and joined in the fun
never leaning just a bit to one side

“Quel mystere!” cried Elk
“Au contraire,” said Claire
“Stop leaning a little to one side!”

“Can’t help it,” Clyde shared.
“Grew this way,” said he,
“always leaning just a little to one side.”

“Handsome is as handsome wears,”
Elk said with warmth, and tried
to lean a little to one side

Claire clapped her paws
and did a little jig
leaning a little to one side

Clyde Monroe married Claire
and, content to the end,
both lean toward each other side by side.

Clyde Monroe, dressed in paper flowers from Mexico, Xmas 2014
Clyde Monroe, dressed in paper flowers from Mexico, Xmas 2014
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