A Found Poem by Beverly Stock
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“Dear lady, you say by craft or trade,
That you earn a livelihood?”
“I am a poet born to serenade,
And my rhyme is reckoned good.”
“A poet, What? Who taught you this?
Instead of teaching you to sew?
Thus your core education missed-
Cooking and keeping babes in tow!”
“Cooking and keeping house only?
You, sir, are irreversibly mad!
I learned not docile nor lonely.
My courses by tutors were led.”
“So excuse the liberty I take.”
Said she, with candor as a clue,
“Pray, why did your father NOT make
A gentleman of you?”
A Modest Wit was inspired by a much longer poem in the public domain, with the same name, penned by Selleck Osborn, 1783-1826.