Familiarity Breeds Contempt #Tanka #Poetry

A tanka written by Lee Sonogan

Whenever you speak to someone, you are presuming the two of you have a certain degree of familiarity – which your words might alter. So every sentence has to do two things at once: convey a message and continue to negotiate that relationship. – Steven Pinker

Sumption derision,

Irksome absence of reserve,

Deride elision,

Dignity butting heads verve,

Or fixed fender allision?

To argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason, and whose philosophy consists in holding humanity in contempt, is like administering medicine to the dead, or endeavoring to convert an atheist by scripture. – Thomas Paine



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