Poem: “The Fool’s Song” – William Carlos Williams [Vol. 3, #35]

September 24, 2010 — Leave a comment

 

The Fool’s Song
William Carlos Williams

( Found in
The Collected Poems of
William Carlos Williams, Vol. 1: 1909-1939
)

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.