by William Carlos Williams (1883 - 1963)

The fool's song
Language: English 
I tried to put a bird in a cage.
   O fool that I am!
 For the bird was Truth.
Sing merrily, Truth: I tried to put
   Truth in a cage!

And when I had the bird in the cage,
   O fool that I am!
 Why, it broke my pretty cage.
Sing merrily, Truth: I tried to put
   Truth in a cage!

And when the bird was flown from the cage,
   O fool that I am!
 Why, I had nor bird nor cage.
Sing merrily, Truth: I tried to put
   Truth in a cage!
Heigh-ho! Truth in a cage.

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This text was added to the website: 2008-08-31
Line count: 16
Word count: 98