Words are not playthings

(a commentary, not an example)

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The writing I like best to read is subtle.
No flaming flamboyance.
No hint of being too clever.
No thesaurus of words thrown together.
It doesn’t try too hard.
Or show too much.
Words are not playthings.

Instead it simply flows
Gently arresting my attention
(Or harshly, subject depending)
So it goes, carrying me along,
Little prods and pokes
The odd ‘ah-ha!’ moment.

Delightful subtlety
Elusive refinement.
Elegant words used sparingly,
They come at a cost.
With careful injection in a sentence
Only then do they carry their weight

You ever seen those guys?
You know the ones?
They have the ball and off they go.
Past one guy and then a second.
A third and fourth succumb
A dazzlingly display of skills.
Acrobatic feats of their feet.
‘In-croy-able’ (incredible) the cry!

However, it seems that
Nearing the goal they
Stop.
Admiring their own poise,
they pause.
And are quickly gobbled by defenders who hungrily arrive.

Clever writing is like that.
Too much on display at once.
Sure, the player receives praise for artful stringing of sets
These are there, that is sure.
But in the end it doesn’t do the job
The way the words are used,
leaves the message lost

The writing I like best to read is subtle.
No flaming flamboyance.
No hint of being too clever.
No thesaurus of words thrown together.
It doesn’t try too hard.
Or show too much.
Words are not playthings.

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