After the controversial presentation and ensuing debate,
everyone had comments to express, and so the exchanges,
the numerous critiques and counter-arguments, carried on
right up until bedtime, whereupon the commentators,
exhausted, finally called it a day and retired for the night.
Little did anyone suspect that, while they slept,
the comments would not cease, but on the contrary,
continue to battle with each other in a harsh war of words
which none could ultimately win, but only perish trying.
Thus it was that, upon awakening the next day, everyone
logged on to their devices to check the anticipated comments,
but discovered to their utter bewilderment that there were none —
not a single one had survived the fierce midnight engagements.
Instead, they only found the proverbial “blank slate”,
and although some were immediately tempted to deface
the newfound purity, they soon enough thought better of it.
Thus, no words of conflict and bitterness, no triumphalism
or one-upmanship, no accusations or threats were exchanged
that morning, and because it felt so good, such a relief
from the customary demands to be right at any cost,
everybody relaxed and discovered that they actually had
much more “free time” now to simply inhale, exhale,
and enjoy the remainder of their years which were,
after all, so swiftly passing by.