The Barrister's Dream

They sought it with thimbles, they sought it with care
They pursued it with forks and hope
They threatened its life with a railway-share
They charmed it with smiles and soap and shit
I need it to
But the Barrister, weary of proving in vain
That the Beaver′s lace-making was wrong
Fell asleep, and in dreams saw the creature quite plain
That his fancy had dwelt on so long.
He dreamed that he stood in a shadowy Court
Where the Snark, with a glass in its eye
Dressed in gown, bands, and wig, was defending a pig
On the charge of deserting its sty.
The Witnesses proved, without error or flaw
That the sty was deserted when found:
And the Judge kept explaining the state of the law
In a soft under-current of sound.
The indictment had never been clearly expressed
And it seemed that the Snark had begun
And had spoken three hours, before any one guessed
What the pig was supposed to have done.
He dreamed that he stood in a shadowy Court
Where the Snark, with a glass in its eye
Dressed in gown, bands, and wig, was defending a friend
On the charge of deserting its sty.
The Jury had each formed a different view
(Long before the indictment was read)
And they all spoke at once, so that none of them knew
One word that the other had said.
And the Judge kept explaining the state of the law
In a soft under-current of sound.
In a soft under-current of sound.
In a soft under-current of sound.
He dreamed that he stood in a shadowy Court
Where the Snark, with a glass in its eye
Dressed in gown, bands, and wig, was defending a friend
On the charge of deserting its sty.
He dreamed that he stood in a shadowy Court
Where the Snark, with a glass in its eye
Dressed in gown, bands, and wig, was defending a friend
On the charge of deserting its sty.
He dreamed that he stood in a shadowy Court
Where the Snark, with a glass in its eye
Dressed in gown, bands, and wig, was defending a friend
On the charge of deserting his sty.
He dreamed that he stood in a shadowy Court, where the Snark
With a glass in its eye, dressed in gown, bands, and wig
Was defending a friend on the charge of deserting his sty.
He dreamed
That he stood in a shadowy Court
Where the Snark, with a glass in its eye
Dressed in gown, bands, and wig
Was defending a friend.

Published:

15 December, 2021