Your good friend told you about a wise man named The Oracle, who once helped them discover the meaning of life. You've led a content life, but you're dying to discover the secret to true happiness. Because of this, you've trekked through jungle and tundra, across mountaintops and deserts, into giant caverns and beneath the ocean to find The Oracle. Finally, after all your hard work, you find him. He sits alone in an opulent palace, never moving, never blinking, allowing each visitor to ask one question of him. You take a moment to catch your breath after climbing the steps to his throne, gather yourself, and ask:
"What is the secret to eternal happiness?"
You already have your pen and paper out. You were warned about the nature of his responses.
You hastily scrawl down each word as The Oracle cryptically answers your question. After he finishes speaking, you read back over what he's written. "This doesn't make any sense," you muse in frustration. "I don't understand."
The Oracle simply smiles.
A man of prowess hides them both
preparing for his calling.
Another man provides them both
with sparks and cinders falling.
Two snakes slither, silently
a line about what's lost between
triumph and moving air.
A penciled confirmation
performs music to the dance
of clocks and creepy crawly things
at rest inside your pants.
A sudden motion shocks you
in a thousand different ways.
In other words, the seventh note
sings Casey's gone astray.
The dispossessed are missing one
to become shrouded skies.
Perform on it this action
as you do with dotted eyes.
The aforementioned snakes return,
though this time stick together.
A bird of death approaches them
with blackened, shedding feathers.
Unseen to the untrained eye
vast treasures within lie,
and bones are ever rattling
as good men herein die.
A waterfall appears from fears
no longer held within,
and paper tiger cardinals
let waterfalls begin.
In pairs, the strangers take the rear
as giants lead the way.
Manipulate them slightly
and your answer's clear as day.
Can you discover the secret to eternal happiness from The Oracle's message?
Okay, fine, fine, I'll add the tag.
A small hint to aid anyone trying to solve this:
Not all of each stanza is cryptic-style. Also, each stanza corresponds to one word.
Aaaaand here's some incentive:
There will be a bounty to the correct answer. Anyone with questions/clarifications can feel free to either post an answer, post a comment, or ping me in chat, and I'll be sure to respond.