FORM AND FUNCTION
I’ve grown in time addicted to this line
That trips across the page iambically,
Which, coupled with a rhyme, shapes a design
Where function follows form mysteriously.
For what I find to say depends upon
Contingencies of meter and of sound;
These elements from which my thoughts are drawn
Come first, and not the other way around.
There’s no way I can know before I write
And watch thought grow with every line that comes
What I might find of insight and delight
While rhymes plumb unseen depths and meter strums.
Then as the scheme demands, a couplet ends
This formal frame on which my mind depends.