No, I am witless. Always in despair
At long-worked botches crumpled, pitched away.
A few lines worth the keeping, they are rare.
Blind chance not wit entices words to stay
And recognizing luck is artifice
That comes unlearned. The rest is taking pride
In boring duty. This and only this.
On keyboards sweat alone makes fingers glide.
Witless, that juggler rich in discipline
To whom the Virgin might have dealt short shrift,
Flat on his back with beatific grin,
Gracing the air with slow-revolving gift;
Witless, La Tour, that painter none too bright,
His draftsman’s compass waiting in the wings,
Measuring how a lantern stages light
Until a dark room overflows with rings.