Seek not to free this ora­cle
from its treach­er­ous obses­sion.
Its habits are its des­tiny,
not prone to indis­cre­tion.

Some­times the answers irri­tate,
deny­ing sweet relief.
So none return to ven­er­ate
nor cul­ture its belief.

Yet oth­er times the ora­cle
speaks kinder bits of fate.
And then its most devot­ed fans
come forth to cel­e­brate.