THE GENIUS OF POETRY
That genius or that talent that resides
In each of us and secretly confides
What our vocation is, how we are called
To serve the world or otherwise be stalled
In our misguided efforts to succeed,
Intends our gifts to serve some urgent need.
What need then is fulfilled by poetry
Unless to show that ingenuity
With words and sounds can first delight and then
Enlighten by the wielding of a pen—
That strokes of genius may be deftly made
As much as when a violin is played
Yet more, because this sound is also sense:
A poem may have wisdom to dispense.