Poem: The Five-Paragraph Essay
They thought abstract thinking had become too messy,
So they invented the five-paragraph essay.
Which gave the illusion of order and symmetry
But pushed each voice into anonymity.
Such formulaic steps could be charted on a graph,
that could serve as a writing process epitaph.
Sentences of particularity are the heart of writing.
That's why this form is worth fighting.
It's a strange frame, where words turn to dregs
In a crude little nest without any eggs.