Those spelling rules we learned, I’ve feared,
Do not apply when things get weird.
In fact, that very word’s a sample
Of how supposed rules trample;
For “I” must come before an “E”
Unless they choose to follow “C.”
But funny thing — that rule has sneered
When word itself involved isweird
— a word of ancient mintage
Deriving from old English vintage.
So take all these lessons and see how they’ve veered;
No matter the spelling, it always looks weird.