Chapter XXXI: An Aside
Some years ago, the author of this draft

read War and Peace—entirely on a lark.

Before you think to roll your eyes and snark,

note: Atlas Shrugged is longer—and quite daft.

Read both, and then Zen Motorbike Repair,

this last one nearly turning him a Buddhist.

His family of origin cried, “Judas!

You’ll burn in Hell! (We’ll keep you in our prayers.)”

Enough of that. The point is—quite abrupt—

these authors all saw fit to break their tales

for weighty philosophical assails.

That being said, I’d like to interrupt:

Wait. … Never mind. … I lost my train of thought.

Let’s go back to the Traveler and whatnot.