(In the end I saved $9 and bought yet another mortarboard for the hope chest . . .)
Sonnet to a Package DealToday I went to buy my cap and gownAnd sash and tassle at the Titan Shops.The pricing sheet I noted with a frown --A lot to pay for academic props.But then I realized (thinking I was smart)That we have mortarboards enough to spare,And I could save at least a little partBy clothing my head home instead of there.The clerk walked by. I asked him if he knewIf it was cheaper leaving out the hat.He said of course, they'll take it from what's dueAnd you will save six bucks by leaving that.The only part he missed (and this was mean)Is that their package deal would save fifteen.