He tossed a coin and hopped around
then sat down cross-legged at the curb
He taunted all the passerbys with
talk that seemed a bit absurd,
“Have you seen my little sister,
or my golden dog, Monsieur?
Do you have time to spare a dime
for the five magic tricks of mine?”
A woman stopped and looked around
Then snuck a dollar in his shoe,
and walked away with just a smile
“This,” dear boy, “is worth my life.”
And she went home, and lived.