THE GOOD LIFE
Turn your attention now to what you should
If you would have your precious life deemed good.
Though you’re still early on in your career,
It’s none to soon to find out what is dear
And then devote your energies to deeds
That satisfy the world’s most urgent needs
And thereby feed your own soul’s deep desire
To do your best before your days expire.
“How do,” you may well ask, “your poems serve
The world?” Perhaps if done with skill and verve,
They may exemplify the play of mind
By which all artifacts may be designed
For artifice is that which makes us man,
An image of the highest Artisan.