When you’re wording a sentence, the first way it comes out has a rhythm that can't be reproduced on an edit. A thought has its ideal cadence when you first write it, but then it seems to lose that aspect when you rewrite it a different way. The first sentence in this essay was the original thought. The second was my attempt to rewrite it. One of the two is percussively perfect. The other, well, let's pretend it never happened.