Bal-Hoola

I’ve been to Bal-Hoola
don’t ask me to say
would you want to go there?
then be on your way
I’ve been to Bal-Hoola
don’t ask me to say
what does a lad learn there?
will make a man gray
I’ve been to Bal-Hoola
how long is the road?
I’ve warned you before
your question’s a goad
I’ve been to Bal-Hoola
there’s mercy there
does that surprise you
O, you with such flair?
I’ve been to Bal-Hoola
their questions are strong
how do we gain wisdom?
by seeing we’re wrong
I’ve been to Bal-Hoola
and I’ve said my piece
you can’t go to Bal-Hoola
without signing the lease
I’ve returned to Bal-Hoola
that says it all
there’s no true travel
short of heeding the call

–Allan Cox