Fortune's Toy (Hyena's Song)
I've lived a hundred lifetimes, and they've never ended well;
I've been burned and drowned and hanged and stabbed and shot.
I've killed a thousand people trudging in and out of hell,
And while most of them deserved it, some did not.
I'm a warrior and a trickster, a hero and a fool,
Soldier, sailor, poet, killer, thief;
And in all my misadventures, there is just one certain rule:
Every chapter of my story ends in grief.
It's not love of happy endings that keeps me in the game,
But the game itself that keeps me coming back;
There is magic in each journey that is never quite the same,
And I'll laugh as I am broken on the rack.
Here's to Terror, here's to Beauty, here's to Horror, here's to Joy;
Here's to Life and Love wherever they are found.
I'll take the hard transitions, and admit I'm Fortune's Toy,
If that's the price of playing one more round.
January 20, 2006