The excerpt from the album cover reads “Touch my beloved’s thought while her world’s affluence crumbles at my feet.”
I found some other websites with the same questions, but none really had satisfactory answers:
https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20101019151111AAS2IDU https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:The_Black_Saint_and_the_Sinner_Lady https://www.reddit.com/r/Jazz/comments/i97t11/the_black_saint_and_the_sinner_lady_poem/
Most speculate it's his poem, but I was wondering if someone could confirm. The resources they mentioned to look for include the liner notes and the biography Beneath the Underdog, but I can't say that I'm passionate enough to keep searching past this point, so I'm hoping someone else could help with my curiosity. Thanks in advance!