Weasels and Men

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There was a flock of ten
One rooster, nine hens
And we were dead set on treating them right.
We’d been dreaming or talking
And didn’t hear the squawking
Or screaming of hens in the night

While windows were glowing
From some lonely burrow
The horror came looking for hens
And we never saw nothing
So needless, so thorough
The exploit of weasels or men

So we made holy the rules we could handle
And fought only winnable fights
And settled for vict’ries so small that its shameful
The snap of the trap in the night.

Unnamed and unheard
But known by its work
And all that was left; blood and tears
In the eyes of my children
And their thousand stray comments
It was the content of all later fears.

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from The Last Laugh, released October 11, 2013

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