I thought I saw a future where
  I practiced as a priest, 
I looked again and found myself
  Not suited in the least:  
I couldn’t preach and thought myself
  A base and sinful beast.

I thought I saw a way to charm
  The company at tea,
I looked again and found that I
  St-stammered terribly
W-w-when r-r-reading out
  P-p-p-poetry.

I thought I saw a girl with whom
  I might associate,
I looked again and found she’d come
  To womanly estate:
Alas that children grow at such
  An expeditious rate.

Lewis Carroll's Elegy

© 2019 by Rob Stuart