Throw caution

into the flowerbeds. Fortune favors
the bold use of eggshells and ground

coffee in place of fertilizer.
There’s no such thing as a free
horse when you can see it’s tethered

to a post in the barn. Practice makes
an omelet worthy of the hens that laid
the beautiful brown speckled orbs

you collect every day. A little cream,
a spoonful of cornstarch, and it’s easy
come, easy around that symphony of bills

clucking open and close. Necessity
is a green basket that never fills,
no matter how you try. But eat, drink,

be wary. Every fortune has a price.

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