“Put commas where you take a pause,” our teachers used to say.
The comma splice and Oxford comma never came our way.
Now, looking up advice online on commas and the rest,
the rules to shape our formless phrases seem much more complex.
I sought them out. I wrote them down: two posts, then three, then four.
But common sense applied to these suggests that less is more.
Why add pedantic commas if a sentence is concise?
So, when in doubt just leave it out, is my revised advice.