"You Want a Social Life, with Friends"
Kenneth Koch

You want a social life, with friends.
A passionate love life and as well
to work hard every day. What’s true
is of these three things you may have two
and two can pay you dividends
but never may you have three.
There isn’t time enough, my friends --
Though dawn begins, yet midnight ends --
To find the time to have love, work, and friends, Michelangelo had
feeling to Vittoria and the Ceiling
but did he go to parties at day’s end?
Homer nightly went to banquets
wrote all day but had no lockets
bright with pictures of his Girl.
I know one who loves and parties
and has done so since his thirties
but writes hardly anything at all.