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VOICE OF THE CONDEMNED, by            
First Line: Have you anything to say before you're scrapped
Last Line: For a few last words while their old bones bleach.
Subject(s): Decay; Time; Rot; Decadence


Have you anything to say before you're scrapped,
You, hulk, with the stripped spars?
And you, abandoned road, shut off by bars,
Is there any plea?
You, there, old house with the roof that leaks?
We-ell? Harumph! No one speaks?

Have you anything to say, old heap of ribs,
Were you not at one time a horse?
Or something? You, sagging fence, of course,
Have nothing to say.
Wagon, over there, with wheels all sprung, any remarks?
No answering voice is heard until a poet harks,

And the things that were mute are given speech
For a few last words while their old bones bleach.





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