Could have

The master extended an offer that his student could not refuse:
To be the master’s partner, his colleague, his muse.

An Oscar in the students’ field, this offer should have proved
He was a bonafide professional–his skills had successfully improved.

But the student protected his dreams with self-deprecating humor,
Poking fun at his work in case failure wasn’t just his rumor.

He did not take his dreams seriously,
So they evaporated mysteriously,
And now he just imagines what he could have been, deliriously.

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