Ambrose Bierce

(24 June 1842 - 26 December 1913 / Horse Cave Creek, Ohio)

An Explanation - Poem by Ambrose Bierce

'I never yet exactly could determine
Just how it is that the judicial ermine
Is kept so safely from predacious vermin.'

'It is not so, my friend: though in a garret
'Tis kept in camphor, and you often air it,
The vermin will get into it and wear it.'


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Poem Submitted: Friday, September 28, 2012



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