We solve: "In the beginning was the Payoff."
Immediately I stop. Did I just quaff?
A one-time buzz is too specific;
The inception could be more generic.
It must be wishful free and stark attentive;
Perhaps: "In the beginning there was Incentive."
Let's weigh again. Ponder that line which covers all
In case...good lord, it's tautological.
It's not incentive that we feel and sense;
Presto: "In the beginning, Preference!"
Except phenomena not ghosts we lucubrate;
Thus as a primeval cause we must restate.
We strive to further strive, more so in need;
I say: "In the beginning was the Deed."