Abscond the Fabled Glorious Primrose Way
RAY LC

for Patricia Ann St. Clair
after Dylan Thomas

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Abscond the fabled glorious primrose way,
What ends replace the path that strivings show?
Tread thorns to die and live where turmoils lay.

The perfect journey never goes astray,
An early knock-out skips the blow-by-blow,
Abscond the fabled glorious primrose way.

The arduous journey proves the truth you say,
A marathoner sprints when going slow,
Tread thorns to die and live where turmoils lay.

When hasty rabbit takes the race she's gay,
But tortoise wins with heavy shell to tow,
Abscond the fabled glorious primrose way.

Mozartian genius jostles work for pay,
Old Zarathustra offers what we know:
Tread thorns to die and live where turmoils lay.

Helping unfortunates, stopping to pray,
Resurrecting learning, give life, bestow;
Abscond the fabled glorious primrose way,
Tread thorns to die and live where turmoils lay.