Line Breaks

Poets use
Line
Breaks
Where
Mere mortals
Might
Add punctuation
Or maybe, even without punctuation, at least
Send the run-on sentence to
An editor
Who
Might see
The ground-breaking grammar
For what it really
Is
(That is, for what any student of
Communication or art

Remember,
Art is a form of communication

Would say it is),
Which,
To make a long story short,
As you are
To be
Of want
By now,
I only mean to say
That,
A good story
Or poem
Or experience, really,
Can be expressed,
Or perhaps,
Should be expressed,
In a series of cohesive thoughts
(Unless, of course,
The poet or author or artist
Expressly wishes to confuse
The reader
In a Memento-esque meta-experience),
Or should, at least, give the reader

Space to breathe

Because,
The
Jolting,
Irregular,
Repetitive,
Self-indulgent use of line breaks,
Especially in an age where
The page
Never
Ends,
Is really
Really
Really
Really
Annoying.

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