Why is banter so popular?
Is it because we feel at home
Skimming the surface of our lives?

Is it easier than saying
Precisely what we mean,
Or saying nothing at all?

Banter can be humour
Without the stand-up comic
Or a pie in the face.

A large part of its attraction
Is the obvious affection
Of both parties for each other.

And everyone needs a little laughter,
But perhaps nothing too strenuous.

Banter fits the bill—
It's light, easy, harmless.

Everyone receives
A measure of well-being that lingers.

Seen in this way,
The world is better for banter.

©2016 Michael Fraley

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