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This week: Life, marked by punctuation.
There’s a lot of punctuation
I’d like to change in my life:
Too many question marks,
Twisted experiences full of
Commas and semi-colons
Hurtling on without control
Until halted by a stern full stop.
Those parenthetical relationships—
Oh, yes, and a nice use of a dash
To break away from the
Cramped confines of square, suburban brackets.
I want to skip forward with a few . . .
And add some exclamation marks
And learn how to punctuate more freely.
©James Little 1998 from [song for behaviour Montreal: Mezzoforte, 1998
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