A Nod to Punctuation

poppy seedhead

 

She’ll pick him an asterisk

or a comma or two; full

stops, ideas tied off in

neat packages, have always

eluded his dialogue,

circumvented an outcome.

.

Her dreams have become dangling

participles, unfinished

pages with Schubert’s flavour,

unable to hold hyphen’s

place – waiting, always waiting,

a watched pot that never boils.

.

Phrases, nuances, shadings

of meaning get bogged down, dragged

through the spittle of run-on

sentences; she slams the door

on the argument, her shoes

leaving angry editing

marks on the stairs. Period.

 

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13 comments on “A Nod to Punctuation

  1. Your creative ability is like the heavens on a clear summer night, endless!

    • melodylowes says:

      Why, thank you! 🙂 I truly see it as a gift handed to me by a good God – and so I use it, and seek to improve and challenge it, and learn to expand my horizons with practice.

  2. Gallivanta says:

    But what is that asterisk you found in your garden?

  3. lylekrahn says:

    Well I think you hit a whole new level on this one. Had to read it three times.

  4. WOW, lots of good stuff here, Mel–I relate too well to “her dreams have become dangling participles”; and yes, I think the “run on sentences” are familiar too.

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