This is part of the complete Exercises in Song cycle being released on this site.

"Sonnet" is a bonus exercise, not to be found in Raymond Queneau's original Exercices de Style nor in the translations.

To be sung to the tune of "Show Me The Way To Go Home". More information here.

Though I still exercise myself with such
Heartfelt requests for you to guide me home,
They only serve to tell you just how much
I treasure my soft bed, some time alone.
The social animal will oft retreat
Into his cave; so likewise I would fain
Cease travelling, and thus protect my feet;
Cease revelling, and thus protect my brain.
But neither can I do; rather, condemned
To walk o’er land, and sea, and foam betimes,
I seek my only solace in each friend
I meet and entertain with meagre rhymes.
To recap: show me home, is what I mean;
And what once took eight lines now spans fourteen.