The Ballad Of Old Man Taylor

In Hippocanome lived Old Man Taylor;
On the Ten Minute Skip he was a sailor.
But as he sailed the seven seas,
He all of a sudden began to sneeze.
He sneezed and sneezed and sneezed so hard
He blew himself back to the shipyard.
Old Man Taylor tried once again
And headed his ship to Hippocanin.
But this time, instead of just sneezing,
He all of a sudden began coughing and wheezing.
He coughed and wheezed and sneezed so hard
He blew himself back to the shipyard.
Old Man Taylor Tried again yet
And headed his ship to Hippocanet.
The sailor did no more coughing or sneezing,
But it all of a sudden began blowing and breezing.
It blew a gale that breezed so hard
It blew Old Taylor back to the shipyard.
Old Man Taylor tried one last time
And headed his ship to Hippocanime.
When the sailor found it was no longer breezing,
He became quite mischievous and began teasing.
He teased all aboard the Ten Minute Skip,
And the helmsman forgot to steer the ship.
And so the ship went way off course
And ended up in Hippocanorse!
Regretfully he gave up sailing;
Now he conducts on the train Two Day Railing.
But, for some strange reason, Old Taylor seems
Unable to get past the first railroad beams.

by Fred Lee Newman, IV

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