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.

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