Stanza 123


The colonel showed the men the long array
Of toilets, sinks and faucets. This display
Was so significant their eyes grow wide
And mouths fall open as with growing pride
The base commander demonstrated each
And every fixture as he gave this speech,
"I know the village wells are running dry.
These spigots will replenish the supply
So everyone can easily acquire
The needed drinking water, which the dire
Conditions of the drought impose on you.
Now let me demonstrate for your review
The areas where laundry can be cleaned,
And over here, the toilets which are screened
From outside view, are properly aligned.
We thought our busy schedule had confined
The workers to be sloppy and instead
Of this perfection every single head
Might be a little skewed. If you agree,
We can construct more restrooms easily."