Alphabetical order and apathy
made the A's most popular on the list
for even the amorous reader
never made it as far as R, let
alone T, so the commonest article
suffered her three letters in a curl
(T and e) around the sympathetic h.
Thus, the poet tried 17 different titles,
tried for an E or maybe an H, tried icing
sexy invitations on top, some sprinkled
with letter/symbol combinations to nudge
forward her little plate of goodies,
hope sloshing from the bucket,
wetting the galoshes under her gown.