When I do count the clock that tells the time,
And see the brave day sunk in hideous night;
-"I spent five and a half years in prison. The worst part was coming home and finding out Green Acres had been canceled. What the hell was I fighting for?"
When I behold the violet past prime,
And sable curls all silver'd o'er with white;
When lofty trees I see barren of leaves
Which erst from heat did canopy the herd,
-"I believe America did the right thing by not joining the Kyoto Treaty."
And summer's green all girded up in sheaves
Borne on the bier with white and bristly beard,
-"I will veto every single beer... er, bill with earmarks."
Then of thy beauty do I question make,
-"Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly? Because her father is Janet Reno."
That thou among the wastes of time must go,
Since sweets and beauties do themselves forsake
And die as fast as they see others grow.
-"Presidential ambition is a disease that can only be cured by embalming fluid."
And nothing 'gainst Time's scythe can make defence
-"Do not yield. Do not flinch. Stand up. Stand up with our President and fight. We're Americans. We're Americans, and we'll never surrender. They will. "
Save breed, to brave him when he takes thee hence.
-"That's not too important. What's important is the casualties."