17 September 2007

in praise of moderation

We've got your vowels in the neatest pile
your message is still there, though hard to read,
and you are less annoying, you'd concede
through what would have to be a most forced smile.
Enough of that! Our task this little while
is rather how to honour the good deed
of one who's standing by to help at need
and keep us safe from trickery and guile.
We rarely think, when we write in this space,
of all the work that's done to keep it neat
and make it a safe harbour for our thought.
And so we ought to thank the one whose grace
keeps it from being just a brawling street
and helps us learn without our being taught.

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