Here you will find the Poem To W. Hohenzollern, on Resuming The Conning Tower of poet Franklin P. Adams
Well William, since I wrote you long ago-- As I recall, one cool October morning-- (I have The Tribune files. They clearly show I gave you warning). Since when I penned that consequential ode, The world has seen a vast amount of slaughter, And under many a Gallic bridge has flowed A lot of water. I said when your people ceased to strafe, That when you'd put an end to all this war stuff, And all the world was reasonably safe I'd write some more stuff. That when you missed the quip and wanton wile And learned you couldn't bear a Towerless season, I quote, "O, I shall not be petty. . . . I'll Listen to reason." Labuntur anni, not to say Eheu Fugaces! William, by my shoulders glistening! I have the final laugh, for it was you Who did the listening.