The App Not Taken
Two apps diverged to format books
And sorry I could not master both
And be an expert, long I stood
And tried out Scribus as far as I could
Its GUI promising rapid growth;
Then took on LaTeX, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because of its history and lofty air;
Though with no GUI present there
The learning curve was not the same,
And both that morning equally made
My book formats in white and black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing the learning curves at play,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two apps to format books, and I--
I took the one that used vi,
And that has made all the difference.