Why Joseph Doesn't Write Arthurania

Where are your lilting words
set out within compelling verse
so literate and grammar graced
they’d teach me through example how
to bring alive before a reader’s eyes
the gloried acts of chivalry,
that were the essence of
the “one brief shining moment”
forged by the bearer of Excalibur
until the savaged darkness fell
because of Medraut’s treachery
and Guinevere's adultery
upon the time in Albion
that’s known to all as Arthur’s age

They are not anywhere
upon a page
or on a screen

no doubt because
despite your bragging how
you’re so adept
at writing captivating poetry
you know
that if you tried to do this thing
you’d show

you haven’t any of the art or the ability
required to meet, fulfill, the task
I’ve charged you with, i.e.,
to make the British hero come alive
so pulsingly
he thrives within a reader’s thoughts
or memory

You are aware  
that anything you’d deign
to write about
the denizens of Camelot
would be in form and style
and language, too,
abysmal in its quality
in phrasing deictic, grammar gaffed
and incoherent, ragged, and
in thought so incomplete,
and therefore’d be a testament
to just how much
you lack poetic mastery.

And so it’s no surprise that you
again prescind
from taking up this enterprise.

For you don’t want to face
the recompence
in stark critiques  
you’d rightly be subjected to
because in writing Arthurania,
the way you write about
your other themes
you’d then so undeniably provide
compelling evidence
of your poetical incompetence.

Cue the ad hominemed and red herringed respons.
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