As I recall, it all concerned a snake. A giant snake that... wait. Perhaps a man. A thief in a green garden. What did he take? It will come back. In any case, I can Recall the gist, and in time I will Remember details. Here's how it began: I woke up... when? I know I waited till First light. Or maybe light was how... Oh, must you squirm? For heaven's sake, sit still! Yes, I remember. Please don't rush me now. He watched the woods and hills behind my place While I was gone. I made him take a vow Of some sort.... Can't recall his face To save my life, but he was handsome, I Know that for sure. He lit up all the space Between the ocean and the azure sky. I loved him like a son. What was his name? Was it "Allen?" In the end they die Like all the others, die and leave their shame Just lying around. It hardly matters who You pick, the disappointment stays the same. Where was I? No, now let me think this through. Him and his ugly wife, they stole a... thing. A what? I can't recall. What could they do Wrong in my garden? I still recall the sting Of that betrayal, though. Perhaps he lied? Or started dumping garbage in the spring? In any case, I fired him. I tried An angel next—that worked out OK. I lost track of the man, and then he died. This story has a moral. I can't say Offhand that I recall it, but it's good. Amusing and instructive. In a way Poignant. Yes, I'm well aware you should Be off. Places to go, people to see, Things to do. I really wish you could Stop by more often for a cup of tea. I understand. It can be hard to make The time. Please don't worry about me.