From rigid iambic pentameter
to unfettered free verse, a work of play
lives, burnished with skill of a master
no one, before or after, could display.

From a king on high to menial low,
affairs of state to domestic squabble,
from cruelty vile to kindness aglow,
biblical depth to a sly wit bauble,

this known and unknown writer singular,
unveils gamut of all humanity.
So where lies truth he wills us to ponder
in all of its ageless profundity?

In the ever dueling opposites
and what human gift to observe posits.