A poet writes with artistry, and every word's well-honed.
A storyteller spins a tale as strong as memory.
A loremaster knows all the names, and all the world that's been.
But bards may try by any means to show you something true.
I tell you where you came from, the best and worst of deeds,
I hold a mirror to your life, and make you weep or smile,
I point out things that should be praised, remembered, or abhored,
I tell you, "this is what you are!" but mean, "this you might be.
And when you listen closely, and from my words take heart,
When you believe the story, and make its truths your own,
When wonder or reflection remain when tale is done,
When sorrow, outrage, shame or hope are kindled by my song,
When suddenly you're humbled, or suddenly you're proud,
Or understand things better— then I will be a bard.