from as early as he can remember
his father told him “you can’t
do anything right!”

and so
when he got his doctorate
and Professorship and
won the Nobel Prize

his father told him: nothing right! Nothing right!
and when he died, universally
honored and loved
his father crawled like
some ancient worm
up to the side of his grave

to remind him, in case he might ever forget,
given all the honours, love and accolade
that he could never do anything right
nothing right