Both entertaining and useful,
my Philadelphia publication,
the aim, to instruct,
to construct for the common people,
a guide of this and that
They scarcely buy any other book.
So I look
to the future—
not really an adventure
(though I could tell you some).
Poor Richard’s Almanack will be a venture
an enterprise, both profitable and astute.
Imagine the success, imagine the acclaim
and several editions to my name.
But printing being as it is,
I’ll fill in spaces, viz,
but not bad lines of my own
When good ones of other people’s are so plenty.
I’ve borrowed the name, too,
you may have noticed, as you glance through.
Poor Richard seems to suit.
Here you will find wisdom of the ages,
the days in Old Style and New.
Oh, perhaps something you knew?
But I have included
for your edification,
The anatomy of Man’s Body
As govern’d by the Twelve Constellations
And information on many nations.
I’ve provided the phases of the moon
and whether the tides comes in morn or noon.
Each month has a particular number of days.
April hath thirty days, you see?
The planets are also of great interest:
though the sun’s light shines on Mercury,
in such a way that makes it
intolerable to our eyes, unfit
some believe, yet still that distant sphere
may just be inhabited.
Lest you think I’ve scattered too many words
upon the page here
Let me now offer you some free advice
(normally you must pay the price)–
Paintings and fightings are best seen at a distance.
Follow these sage words, my friend,
And perhaps you’ll also be an emissary
to the French Court or elsewhere be
someday, with reports that might be read.
Yet keep your wits about you,
and be wary of the words you spew–
Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.
NaPoWriMo, Day 16 Today’s prompt was Almanac Questionnaire, but I chose to write about an actual almanack. No idea what this form is–apparently Ben speaks in rhyme. Why not?