Even though the widest search reveals not a single worthy ort
to match the page's demanding and inky detail, it's more than
merely important not to come home empty-handed; it's crucial.
Even the oddly-shaped phrase, properly turned and twisted
or trimmed to conform, even the well-worn image, limping
beside the over-travelled path, even if these do not seem to be
what the forager is eager for, even these could pass
for sustenance, provided the hunger's great enough, desire
so sharp that even threadbare singsong fills a longing.
The crucial thing is not to starve.