at all

man wants help with his enterprise

calls me up to lend a hand

& I don’t want to go do this

knowing everything I offer

will have to come in disguise

this is a man you can’t tell anything to

he bridles at the prospect

you might know something he don’t

so I find myself saying stuff in such a way

& that’s how it is eh?

coming round from the sides

like he already knows

but we go way back

when both of us knew nothing

made the world up as we went

& I’d rather be the sidekick

than live with his resents

of being no help no use

at all

when he calls

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