Max Gutmann: The Willies

But as for our will . . . Does it always will what we would will it to will?
   – Montaigne, ‘Of the Power of Imagination’ (trans. Donald M. Frame)

Does our will always will what we'd will it to will?
Does it never go making too free?
Does our head always heed?
Does our hard-headed head never head where it oughtn't to be?

Does our will always will what we'd will it to will?
Or, a will-o'-the-wisp wayward child,
When will's wanted then will he just will willy-nilly,
Unwilling and wanton and wild?

Does our will always will what we'd will it to will?
Or to willfulness will it be prone?
Does your mind always mind, do you find?
Do you mind that your mind has a mind of its own?