"Two brads or three?"
She breathed at me
Or so I thought.

"Two leaves a hole
Sort of mid-scroll
They took a poll
So I was taught."

"Three holds tighter
Says my teacher
He's a writer
(Though sold he naught)."

Can be easy
With less than three
Making it taut."

"Some readers rest
Their fingers best
At mid-hole crest
Not on brads caught."

I know the Truth
Held without ruth
Won't pass my tooth
Her soul I sought.

Proffered a ten
Mouth to open
This many yen
My answer bought.
© 2000 by Michael J. Farrand

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