Ft. Lauderdale, Fl USA
One cool morning in September
I was really, if I remember,
Doing nothing more than passing time in bed
And I felt that it would be a
Kind of different idea
To go downtown and have my fortune read.
It's not that I believed in
All the mumbo-jumbo weaved in
The ability to read a crystal ball
But curiosity implored me
And besides, Septembers bored me
So I went to have it done once and for all
I was led into a cellar
By some tiny little feller
Announcing Madame Zodiac would appear.
I surpressed a tiny giggle
As she entered with a wiggle
And a waddle in an outfit rather queer.
I bit hard down on a knuckle
To defeat a little chuckle
As she grandly sat and stared into the ball.
I tried hard supressing laughter
But the words she spoke thereafter
Left me weak with the absurdness of it all.
I paraded around the room
As she spoke her words of doom
Trying hard to see the seriousness of it all
But her words were so foreboding
I felt circuits overloading
And I fell in a laughing fit against the wall.
I threw a ten-spot down as payment
For such hearty entertainment
As I bid my host a fare-the-well goodbye
And the last thing I remember --
As I steepped into September
Was her staring up with sadness in her eye.
Only a month or two had passed
When I found myself aghast
And so perplexed by all I knew not what to do
For every word that witch had told me
Seemed to follow and enfold me
And, one by one, they magically came true!
Back with fevered haste I sped to
That damp cellar filled with voodoo
For I knew I couldn't rest until I knew
How that sickly, pallid, wrinkled
Dirty, grungy, rancid, crinkled
Slimy, hocus-pocus fortune teller knew!
"There's no secret here", she told me
As I felt raw fear enfold me.
"I knew you'ld finally come around at last.
My crystal ball of special glass
Won't show events that come to pass,
All it really does is show the past!"
And reality came to me
As I felt her words go through me
And the sense of it came slowly into mind
For, if you want to look ahead,
Don't look forward but, instead,
All you have to do is look behind!
Those mistakes you made back then
You are going to make again
Even though you think you're smarter than before
And, if your past is filled with sinning
From the moment of beginning,
Then your future is assured forevermore.