Few words divide this world as much as the word ‘moist’
It has its fans
But most do seem to cringe when on them it is foist
And call for bans.

A simple word, no harm to any has it done
Yet still they loathe
One wonders why, when others sound more harsh and some
True evil clothe.

What harm in moist when torture, agony and fear
Dwell in this world?
Why shudder at moist when heartless or hatred rear
Like insults hurled?

A word that means just damp, yet scrapes like fork on plate.
What can be done?
Replace, rephrase, or reinstate moist in a state
Of grace? Come on!

E.M. Swift-Hook

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