My gray-haired mentor used to urge me
When you write, write one word at a time
But keep it under your hat, boy!
I was a tyro and thought it strange advice
Indeed but kept my word out of respect,
Which is why years later I have so many
Of his bloody little louses sucking
My gray matter dry.
Moderator's comments: I suspect the inspiration for this "poem" is fragment 92 of Heraclitus, to wit:
All men are equally mystified by unaccountable evidence, even Homer, wisest of the Greeks. He was mystified by children catching lice. He heard them say, What we have found and caught we throw away, what we have not found and caught we still have.
(translated by Guy Davenport)