Messier than Fiction

A story is a popular device
as old as song, as ancient as cave art.
It can be utilized to give advice,
or illustrate a precept, or to start
a way of thought-in-action, but the tale
cannot be messy like reality.
Too accurate a plot or foe will fail.
A narrative must simplify, to be.

A saga can explain or entertain,
but first it must eliminate the murk
that complicates existence. Please refrain
from falling for the myths in fiction work.
You’re armed but mustn’t heed the author tricks.
You should have outgrown gullible at 6.

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