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Tongue of Wood

Stephen Crane
A horizontal poster with a colorful mosaic at the top features a poem titled Tongue of Wood, by Stephen Crane

Tongue of Wood

There was a man with tongue of wood
Who essayed to sing,
And in truth it was lamentable.
But there was one who heard
The clip-clapper of this tongue of wood
And knew what the man
Wished to sing,
And with that the singer was content.



From War is Kind and Other Lines.
MTA New York City Transit in cooperation with the Poetry Society of America.