The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Poem


 
There was an old lady
Who swallowed a poem.
What logic is this?
It’s easy to follow:

She swallowed the poem
To catch her words.
She swallowed her words
To catch her thoughts.
She swallowed her thoughts
To placate the world
That rendered its judgement
With no hesitation:

“You are but a woman
Who is well past her prime
It’s time to retire
Your trifling mind.”

Thus, she swallowed her words
And swallowed her thoughts,
But secretly with them
She swallowed a poem,
So one resurgent day
She could regurgitate
Verse out to the world
It needed to digest:

“Civilization would surely be lost
If wisdom– is swallowed.”
 

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