Smalltown Poets: Monkey's Paw

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Monkey's Paw is based on a short story of the same name by W. W. Jacobs, in which a monkey's paw grants three wishes, but the consequences are dire and the price is too high to pay.
I held the monkey's paw
And put my wishes into play
To know the will of God
Or show a motive for delay
I'm holding on to find myself
Just one more wish

I found a pot of gold
Or something shining anyway
I caught in my reflection
A conviction held at bay
I crafted a cross to adorn my neck
And finally earned my due respect
And then a jewel-encrusted crown
To complement my priestly gown

Just big enough to weigh me down
And bring this temple to the ground
From inside out without a sound
I found a pot of gold today

I held the monkey's paw
I held the monkey's paw
I held the monkey's paw

I held the monkey's paw today
And put my wishes into play
Thanked heaven for the trophies
But I still had hell to pay

So I brought my spoils to the altar's edge
Heard You say obey instead
For all of my labors and best laid plans
I'd only earned a reprimand
Forevermore to understand
That dreams come true can kill a man
If never graced by sovereign hands
I held the monkey's paw

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