Old Proofreader Laments
It makes me see the color read
When I find lead instead of led.
I’m certain spellcheck doesn’t care
when their is there instead of they’re.
And plural’s with apostrophes
are spreading like a dread disease,
while nouns with some possessive clout
are pitifully left without.
The language is confused, it’s true,
by plough, enough, dough, thought, and through,
And yet I’ve pressed the classic rules
against the ignorance of fools.
My name in stone? I’ll die well-versed.
(For God’s sake, check the spelling first.)