The Crab and the Scorpion

by Ednoria*

The Crab and the Scorpion went to town
To see what the Badgers were about.
They left the Dragons, along with the wagon,
To get up to mischief, no doubt.
The Scorpion looked up at the Crab above
And sighed at all the scars.
“Oh Hida-sama, you’ve got quite a mug,
“What a broody Crab you are,
“You are,
“You are!
“What a broody Crab you are.”

Scorpion said to the Crab, "You look quite drab,
“And your height makes everyone stare
“O be my yojimbo, and make my foes tremble,
“But what shall we do with your hair?”
They whiled away a night and a day
In an inn where the rice wine flows,
And there they were wooed by a geisha or two,
One so fat she could not see her toes,
Her toes
Her toes,
One so fat she could not see her toes.

“Dear Crab, are you willing to loom without killing
“For me?” And the Crab grunted “Hai.”
So they wandered around to the mean part of town
And a noodle shop reached by and by.
They dined on noodles, and the Scorpion learned oodles
Of news from a man who sought gold,
But all they had planned at once turned to sand
When old ghosts did the Scorpion behold,
Behold,
Behold,
When old ghosts did the Scorpion behold.

*with apologies to Edward Lear

The Crab and the Scorpion

L5R : Jade Winds ednoria