by Francis John

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inspired by the hero from the Alexander Dumas classic:
The Three Musketeers


crack the spine
inhale the bindings
turn the page
old age

hailing from the land Gascon
fifteen crowns to his name

d'Artagnan, where are you?
always coming through

Mistress Bonicieux is so beatiful
a damsel in distress
Milady de Winters
eyes cold ice
look, a fleur-de-lis!

d'Artagnan, heart of gold
story forever told

Athos, Porthos, Aramis
masters of the sword
style, charm, strength, grace, chance embrace
they will fight the war
London England, Paris France
he would die for her
all for one, and one for all
sacrebleu monsieur!

down with the cardinal
disgrace His Eminence
diable peut prendre!
riding o'er the land
legend throughout France
bon soire, bon voyage!

d'Artagnan, we need you
ever striking true
d'Artagnan, from Gascon
greatest of them all


released June 25, 2015
excerpt: Alexander Dumas
translation: Richard Pevear
background art: Jenna Bruno
music and lyrics: Mike Mastropierro



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