In youth, to live a worthy life,
we’re taught prescriptive principles.
And when we find them insufficient,
we turn perforce to other guidance—
thus augmenting that ancient archive
that helps assure our main survival.
The calcs are made, predictions checked,
and now we sit and idly wait
and hope that they were not for nothing.
But wait, oh joy! Here’s something else,
another outcome to project!
Yet more we can anticipate.