Inspired by a story by O. Henry
On this dark night, I’m going to take my life,
Because I know quite well my mind isn’t right.
Three years in the Amazon at last got to me,
And now the Belize police are after me.
I can’t get those headhunters out of my mind.
I see what’s in their wicker baskets all the time.
Those unseeing eyes are fixed in a terrible stare,
And the dried blood and matted hair are hard to bear.
And now I have become a headhunter myself.
Oh, how I loved that lovely woman above all else!
I was down with a fever of one hundred five,
But I felt I just had to see the light of my life.
When I arrived, she was very pleased to see me.
Yet she knew I was sick, but she had a recipe.
She said: “Coconut pudding will break your fever.”
So I soon left to find one just to humor her.
I returned with what I thought was a coconut,
But it turned out to be the head of James Chestnut.
He was my bitter rival for the heart of my girl,
So that’s why I have decided to leave this world.