Gentlemen, sheath your savage knives!
Oh, so young is the day.
Let us, for once,
differences aside, peacefully parley.
There’s no shame in the flag of white!
I mean, that is to say,
We all deserve a brief respite
So please, let us parley.
For once, let tea flow
in place of blood
(or whiskey, if you’d prefer).
Let us our status remember
and to Generals defer.
Yes, I’m like you!
I’m a trench rat too!
Why, why do you ask?
I have so much to offer.
Here, take my silver flask!
Gentlemen, this rope is rather rough
and it cuts into my neck.
I’d rather not dangle at this height
and would sooner remain on deck.
Gentlemen, why do your savage knives
look particularly sharp to-day?
Please! Please! The day’s still young!
Please let us parley!
Yes, I’m aware that “parlay” and “parley” have different meanings.