Tell me, if you will,
who was William Jones?
Not the one who thought up pi,
at least I don’t think it’s that one.
I could Google (which is not a verb
at all) but why should I?
How is it that I am this old
and never knew of William Jones?
He said, so wrote Randall Jarrell,
and I have no reason to doubt it
for Randall was a right smart fellow
who once wrote in a poem of note
called ‘Next Day’
that William Jones
had been known to say
is knowing what to overlook
and that’s what I’m talking about.