If I offended anyone, I'm sorry. Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea culpa. It was a poem, OK? Maybe someone who's knighted shouldn't make poems, but people need to recognize poetry when they hear it. So I'm not going to apologize for poetry. It's not a waste of time & the mother of lies, but a superior form of communication that serves a host of purposes. Plato may be right when he says "secure the border" against poetry & that may mean electrifying the Gates of Poetry or deploying troops where it's truly terrible. Poetry should instruct & delight. I like poetry, so I'm not walking away from it. I just don't want to offend anyone.