I said it was ok, I didn't need a king's ransom
and credit made me nervous, so Boris and I set off
to make our fortune(s) hand to mouth. We started
door to door with little skits, juggling moles and sketching
palominos on the skin of the air
and after a few months of leftover nickels
for a few grand moments with an accordion by starlight
Boris wanted to go out on his own, learn a language,
maybe be a banker or settle down to imagine
how many vines were woven into the vault of heaven,
I said it was ok with me. Sometime later
I heard old Boris got shot breaking into the city zoo.
He'd ripped off his clothes on the way, tossed his wallet,
comb and St. Christopher but kept his waterproof Rolex.
They made a lot out of it in the newspaper.
But I knew Boris and he just wanted to tread water
across the rippling moonlight.