Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama1974This is the one song everyonewould like to learn: the song
that is irresistible:the song that forces men
to leap overboard in squadrons
even though they see the beached skullsthe song nobody knows
because anyone who has heard it
is dead, and the others can't remember.Shall I tell you the secret
and if I do, will you get meout of this bird suit?I don'y enjoy it here
squatting on this island
looking picturesque and mythicalwith these two faethery maniacs,
I don't enjoy singingthis trio, fatal and valuable.I will tell the secret to you,
to you, only to you.
Come closer.This songis a cry for help: Help me!
Only you, only you can,
you are uniqueat last.Alas
it is a boring song
but it works every time.