Why did the children put beans in their ears?


"Why did the children
put beans in their ears
when the one thing we told the children
they must not do
was put beans in their ears?

"Why did the children
pour molasses on the cat
when the one thing we told the children
they must not do
was pour molasses on the cat?"


                          --from The People, Yes


Carl Sandburg, The People, Yes, Harcourt, Brace & Company, 1936.