The Former Poet Laureate, renowned for droll
unsentimental, understated verse,
his new book out, was on a national roll,
a circuit guaranteed to fill his purse.
Who would have thought that in America
huge audiences might gather just to hear
the musings of a poet’s da-de-da
or, in his case, verse free of such old gear?
But sitting in just such an audience
and hearing him perform, I realized
his voice and verse, attuned in sound and sense,
were subtly and ingeniously devised
to plant in auditors a fertile meme
that afterwards in memory would gleam.