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Hey diddle diddle
This old man got fiddled
And now he's dying too soon.
The little dog laughed
At a life cut short
And the dish ran away with the spoon.

 
I
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II
(The Little Brother)
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III
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additional notes:
the time keeper has what his keepings do not;
so take from the time keeper that which he's got
and leave him behind as a pile of gears;
a watcher with nothing to span out the ears.

 
IV
YOU KNEW HIM FNYO MZ BLACKMAILED KINČ DWTKNZLAC DNMIACK YZ HU RKDNKMŁIR. "NYK I BLŁŁEKMD WNKK (EIM CZS MLŁŁEK HU YONK?) NZINEE NLNLEEINK IĐĐ ZL CZST ŁMKITD. FNYO CZST ELNNEKDN DYZKTKD NM YOU TLŁŁEK NY DKKTD NYĐĐ ĎZLNNEK CZS ČZFM YZ YOU DKITD." YOUM, ĎLNZWJN UDUM SELAULAC, OU ČNUČ.
 
V
(Five)
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VI
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OFTÇRSAPOLOSYNZGASKOSTZÇĐNLOSZDBPAISEDWOSAPDIC     
 
VII
THE WAY IT NWLHAÇĐY VÇMMYA. Ç ZWC'Đ ĐXÇCV HN WCTHCY Ç'U AWĐXYA VÇMM ĐXWC THE. Ç XHKY ĐXWĐ ÇC W UWT HA ĐPH, PY ZWC SHĐX VÇMM YWZX HĐXYA SYCYWĐX ĐXY SÇJ HWV ĐAYY, PXYAY IT SAHĐXYA VÇMMYU ĐXY AYU-XWÇAYU PHIWC PXH HCZY XEIIYU W CÇZY ĐECY SEĐ ĐXYC HC IHCUWT JHĐ LYAT DEÇYĐ.

 
VIII
VÇYLÇY'J JWIQÇYKVCZSE OWIL RWINX KVØTK AÇY KVCZSČ RWINX JVWINXĔH ČSWIA, ØTSH AÇY VWIFÇY AÇY BØTS KLNXJK RWINX ACZKV CZK, MÇYBØTNXJÇY CZK'J ØT LÇYØTĔ MCZE JÇYBLÇYK: KVÇY AWIQØTS RWINX BØTĔĔÇYH RWINXL JCZJKÇYL HCZÇYH ĔØTJK SCZEVK WINXKJCZHÇY KVÇY VWINXJÇY KVÇY WIĔH ČSØTGÇY MNXCZĔK. AÇY KLCZÇYH KWI VÇYĔF VÇYL, AÇY LÇYØTĔĔR HCZH, MNXK AÇY BWINXĔHS'K, AÇY BWINXĔHS'K, AÇY BWINXĔHS'K. CZ ENXÇYJJ KVÇY KLNXKV WIO KVÇY QØTKKÇYL CZJ KVØTK AÇY UNXJK HCZHS'K BØTLÇY ØTĔĔ KVØTK QNXBV ØTK KVÇY KCZQÇY. RWINX HWIS'K SÇYÇYH KWI KÇYĔĔ NXJ KVØTK AÇY JVWINXĔH OÇYÇYĔ MØTH- AÇY ØTĔLÇYØTHR HWI, KVØTSČ RWINX GÇYLR QNXBV. CZK'J ØTĔĔ ČCZSH WIO JCZĔĔR, CZ ENXÇYJJ, MNXK, AÇY KVWINXEVK RWINX JVWINXĔH ČSWIA.

 
IX
A B C D B E F B G C D B H H J B G M N I G T E I H G E C C E H I J K C L D F M C N O I H N L E I H E S J G O B G P J C D D J M C D O F D J L J B G R G H E I H B G L N I P C E D M J N M C D M J Q H H K I Q G A J D I J K F P K A C E J N B H G D O L F M C O N N M E I H L K J B B E I P D R Q H H J R B A J E L D B G F E D C B A E I H B G F B Q S M D B L P M C H B Q S B A E I H B G F E D C B A

It's days like this I've come to mind.
I mind the men beneath the stairs.
They stammer through the daily grind
In broken words and stuttered prayers.
I've seen them kill the old and blind.
The ones who can't return their stares.
I wouldn't say that they're unkind-
It's just the way that sticky tears.
They leave their fingernails behind.
They leave their fingernails behind.