What Sherlock Holmes was to another age,
Now Patrick Jane, “the Mentalist,” has become,
As cunning an observer and as sage
At solving mysteries and cleansing scum.
Though bordering on the supernatural
Jane’s “powers” derive from a mentality
That picks out clues which others cannot cull,
Revealing clear what had been mystery.
The writers, nonetheless, entice us to
Suspect some eerie psychic power lies
Behind Jane’s canniness, some residue
Of magic tinged with rational disguise.
But Jane would say the ways of reason are
More marvelous that wishing on a star.