the dinner jacket
A fool is nothing but a man undone, by trying time;
and if in trying time he finds the sun
as wanton as black night
lacking mercy, love, or light--
then let his abuse be of use to you,
for what’s a fool to do?
Who will not try time, time tries
until with every truth the plaintiff lies,
as dust must, when broken from the bone
sanctified and cast beneath a stone.
William Waters is an associate professor, in the Department of English at the University of Houston Downtown. Along with Sonja Foss, he is coauthor of Destination Dissertation: A Traveler’s Guide to a Done Dissertation. His research and teaching interests are in writing theory and modern grammar. contact