To write an essay on the subject “Of . . .”
As Francis Bacon taught us how to do—
Of Studies, Of Adversity, Of Love—
Is an attempt that’s worthwhile to pursue.
What better way to seek and then to find
In memories, dreams, reflections as you sit
And ruminate the matter in your mind
Those terms and phrases that are meet and fit
To capture your emerging thought and frame
Perceptions and ideas unconceived
Till then, yet worthy of the world’s acclaim
And ever after honored and believed?
To essay, then, is more than just to try;
It shows not only What and How, but Why.