Skillful, sometimes brilliant, in his art,
Our would-be poet practiced day by day
Devoted to the style nearest his heart,
His manner being the rhyme-and-meter way
That served the classic poets through the ages
And still can capture auditors with song
Enchanted by such spells as ancient mages
Cast to make a sentiment prolong.
What most compelled his daily regimen
Was curiosity, to see what would
Turn up, going where he had never been
And often making something pretty good.
In time the hope of turning one great verse,
Gave way to making each new one less worse.