The Great War

from Great Poems of the World War, an electronic edition

Parenthetically Speaking

This delightful whimsy will serve to keep in mind the positively affectionate exchange of greetings between the late President Carranza and his friend Wilhelm, when Wilhelm was celebrating what he did not know was the last glorious birthday in his life.

OH, Carranza sent a cable- (on the kaiser's birthday) gram

To the Kaiser there at Pots- (that's a German palace) dam

And it said, "Look out for uncle(that's my northern neighbor) Sam,

For he's coming after you!"

Then the Kaiser waved his iron (as the papers have it) hand,

And he danced a little sar- (that's a Turkish tango) band

And he said: "I'm safe in Heli- (in the German sea) goland

But I thank my friend Carranza."

Notes

This delightful whimsy will serve to keep in mind the positively affectionate exchange of greetings between the late President Carranza and his friend Wilhelm, when Wilhelm was celebrating what he did not know was the last glorious birthday in his life.