The Three Wise Monkeys
Three small monkeys on my table
Each as good as he is able,
Not to see or hear or say
Things unpleasant through the day.
One with hands across his eyes,
Careful that he never spies,
Does not see the faults of others
Neither playmates nor his brother.
One with fingers in his ears
That he’s sure he never lies,
Now the third with fingertips
Gently placed upon the lips
That he may not speak unkind
Thoughts that enter his mind,
Now without the fingertips
Pressing closely on the lips,
He should guard the tongue as well
And be cautious what we tell.
May the conscience be our guide,
Telling what to see or hide;
Let us learn without delay
What to see or hear or say.
Three Monkeys Conference 2002 Memphis, TN, USA Author not known