What is the price of experience? Do men buy it for a song?
Or for illuminated verse, unmetered, unrhymed and long?
Can wisdom be found in the apostrophe truncating
Cascading lines that wand'r contemplating?
Can a poem bridle life's urgent restrictions,
In hand-written text or illustrat'd editions?
No! For truth to emerge, it must puncture the skin
And grind down the slave from without, not within.
Wisdom is gain'd in forests, not of simile but trees.
But for song, sketch or haircut one can buy expertise.
CALLOUS, n. Reality, metaphorically.