“Because he swings so neatly through the trees” by Richard Wilbur
Because he swings so neatly through the trees,
An ape feels natural in the word trapeze.
I found these lines at PoetryFoundation.org and they are included in Wilbur's collection of illustrated wordplay, The Pig in the Spigot (Voyager Books, 2004). Wilbur has been mentioned previously in this blog -- to explore, you may use the SEARCH box in the right column or follow this link.
mathematics is . . . the best words in the best order . . . is poetry