Every sail that once drew force
And every till directed,
Pulled a traveler from his course
And led somewhere unexpected.
And every chart, once drawn, was cursed
And every cargo weeviled,
And every merchant, last to first,
Has seen his commerce eviled.
Tossed at sea in tear and terror,
What I've come to realize is:
It's tragedy and not mere error
When Charon's boat capsizes.
PROGRAM, n. A partial plan for future disappointments.