Rita

Two men appeared and I fell down;

They leered as I prayed myself thin—

One took my heart, one took my crown.

I prayed to Rita as I drowned

In the shallowness of their shade—

Two men appeared and I fell down;

And the impossible seemed sound.

I cared not that I was betrayed;

One took my heart, one took my crown.

Rita and Jesus smiled, men frowned

And a saint soon came to my aid—

Two men appeared and I fell down;

Kneeling, I found my love uptown.

As I spoke, the men were dismayed.

One took my heart, one took my crown.

Hopeless laurel, green leaves turned brown;

My cause was lost, my words arrayed—

Two men appeared and I fell down;

One took my heart, one took my crown.