The Oscar for Virtuous Wit
is the one most clearly Wilde.
Each lash of his tongue
trailed a kiss honest and wet
andsticky with child-like candor;
recognizing all innocence,
while knowing no nakedness.

The Oscar for Venomous Wit
played a virtuoso cant;
laboring in Gershwin's huge shadow,
the talking imp jester
named Oscar Levant.
He put celebrity fame in touch
with its victims and widows.

The Oscar for Sentient Wit
raised Broadway onto a Showboat.
It sailed from Bali Hai to the
Alps of Sister Maria.
Kindly were the words of
Mr. Hammerstein the second.
Sondheim called him Uncle Ocky.
All agree the dude was totally OK!