ODE TO "ODE TO A CROAKING MAN"
O! Poem that spoke of a man who croaks,
were you not my own, I would quote ye!
I would think that whoever composed you smokes dope,
but I know it ain't so 'cause I wrote thee.
Which poet is it, that constructed you, ode?
'Twas myself! Tho I scant deserve credit.
For a poem's not a poem 'less it stands on its o'en
through my 50 neurotic edits.
And forget let us not, the post-poem note!
Doleful lament upon poem just wrote,
pensively telling of muse that had flo'en.
Though reader, perhaps, was just glad poem was do'en.
The poet wishes it to be known:
It's not his intent to promote or condone
the writing of poems about one's other poems.
Do as I say, not as I've do'en.