O Horace, your aphorism rings
true. As a cask is judged by its first
tang, so my dog relishes the kibble
from the freshly opened bag. Or think
of the crisp delectability of the new
bag of chips in adult hands.
And if Virgilian myth messed
with the minds of Roman youth,
did Augustine believe his words
to have the power to challenge
a 400-year-old misunderstanding?
Clarify ancient misconceptions?
To read the pages of electronic
text with the pristine innocence
of the chaste is to embrace
the allure of discovery, the
rapture of mental mutability.
Or at least to tease the mind.