This learned fellow will insist
Free will does not, nor can, exist.
He’ll tell you, in a measured voice,
That there is no such thing as choice:
‘We tread a predetermined path
When we buy milk or run a bath.
In spite of everything we’re taught,
The deed’s the father of the thought.
‘It only seems that we elect
To make decisions. In effect,
This happens retrospectively.’
(He would say that, though, wouldn’t he?)