Upon Something [1]

Something, thou art what I desire to say
To Rochester’s On Nothing poem today,
Ere this dull piece to its subject, Nothing, decay.

Although thou dost enclose many[2] a thing,
For thou art name to all and everything,
Yet I use thee upon this poem Upon Nothing[3].

Starting out it ingeniously conceived
Intriguing theories that I well received,
About how Nothing and, thou, Something interweaved.

It doth present thee in a finer kind,
For in these lines I wit and logic find,
And that this “Something” entertains the human mind.

But soon it would from this blest state divert,
To a political satire[4] convert,
And gradually make humorous attempts pervert[5].

Nothing, thy foe yet to whom thou art son,
Hath been thus stigmatized by reckless John,
When he compares whores’ vows to Nothing’s neutral None.

  1. A response to John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester's poem Upon Nothing

  2. Dum didi Dum pattern at the end - bad?

  3. word "Nothing" is not iambic here

  4. again, Dum didi Dum

  5. pervert "doesn’t work grammatically" - Prof. Turner