What do we care for plots and intrigues?
On any topic, we know all there is to know.
For example, the best book on this planet
I consider to be our Penal Code.
If I canít sleep, and if Iím feeling restless,
Or should my face hungoverly distend,
Iíll take the Code, and flip to any section,
And I canít help myself, I read it to the end.
Iíve given no advice to my comrades,
Though to their credit they have robbery at least;
And I just read about this, as it happens:
Not over ten; not less than three.
Just think how much we have within these statutes -
What of novels of all lands and of all times?
Here we have everything: term-length barracks,
Fights and scandals, gambling and lies!
Would that a century could pass without these statutes!
I see a personís fate behind each line;
And I rejoice when a term is lenient,
For this means luck is on some personís side.
And my heart thrashes like an injured sparrow
When to read my statute I begin,
And the blood starts pounding through my temples
Just like the cops, when theyíve come to take you in.