Once upon a time......................... I could stop upon a dime, Discern reason from rhyme, Stop unwanted crime, Vocalize for mute mimes, Take the wince out of limes. Once upon a time When my mind was not astray, Where it's frequent led today, Not even knowing the way, I knew what to say, I knew how to play. Once upon a time When the pauper was a King, And the play was the thing, And words would ring, And visions would sing. Once upon a time I spoke like a child.