By Mary L. Gardner
There’s not a follicle of truth
in a colleague’s chronicled memoir
that observing a tropical botanical
requires a monocle.
Footnotes for Thesis Writers
Straight from a reputable source
comes a cautionary corollary:
* Use one’s trove of melancholia with caution.
* Make time for sheer bacchanalia.
* Be not deterred
by the weight of scholarly tomes and texts
in the pursuit of intent, color and cadence,
and the laying down of lyrical lines.
Though the elegant Narcissus spurned
the maiden Echo’s love
(herself denied the gift of speech)
and was consigned forever
to a watery view of himself,
it does not follow that midday narcolepsy
in the pursuit of artful prosody
is the result of narcissistic obsession
nor the folly of spinning meter & rhyme
in the middle of the night,
though upon waking,
it seems the intent of these lines
has gone awry in this