In the valley of the idiots
where a half-wit was King,
it was ordered coal-scuttles to be worn
on peoples’ heads when out in public
to prevent them seeing
things as they really are;
The whistling of merry tunes
was also prohibited,
lest joy was spread unannounced
and took others by surprise
who in turn might smile involuntarily
and so give rise to mirth,
and cause questions to be asked
about the edict on the wearing of coal-scuttles.
This is a companion piece to “The Ban on Straw”.