A handbook for improvement came
As gift some say I need;
For though I thought I had no flaws,
Never miss a local story.
Not everyone agreed.
Among the chapters thus I read
Were “How to Be Astute” —
“Compassion” — “Patience” — “Step by Step” —
And “Seize the Day” to boot.
Then chapter nine was “Face Your Fears”
With phobias as signs…
Which came as little use to me:
I’m scared of chapter nines!