Ode to the Semicolon
September 5, 2009 § 19 Comments
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I was inspired. Here is my Ode to the Semicolon.
With tiny dip, her graceful skirt
swings in gentle flair;
her rounded head is perched a top,
balanced sweet and bare.
Seriously she takes her task
to guide, press and curtail;
she chaperons unruly words
ensuring they won’t fail.
Still there can be loss, as wild ones
tame and settle down;
her job when done is not much fun
for those who dislike frowns.
But when this Miss bestows her kiss
and leaves a calling card,
the writer’s work is crisp and clear;
it is his best by far.