In writing a check where the ink slightly bled,
I note that my 2 as a 5 could be read.
Retracing the number produces a curse:
Instead of improvement, that just makes it worse.
Indeed, for that 2 on appropriate line,
Ambiguous, hides in the guise of a 9.
So, putting the pen to the paper once more,
I find that the blotch is now posing as 4!
So much for my penmanship, snared by such tricks;
For some things defy all attempts at a fix.