Ode to the Semicolon

September 5, 2009 § 19 Comments

semicolonGrammar Girl is hosting a contest for National Punctuation Day, September 24th.  She says:

Send an ode to your favorite punctuation mark to punctuation@quickanddirtytips.com. The week of the 24th, we’ll feature the best entries as the tip-of-day in this e-mail newsletter, and one entry may be chosen to be the Grammar Girl podcast on September 24.

100- to 200-word entries will be considered for the newsletter.

600- to 700-word entries will be considered for the podcast. 

Multiple entries are allowed, and “ode” is just a guideline. As long as the piece is about punctuation, it can take any form. Please do not send attachments. Paste your text or image into the body of the e-mail. I can’t wait to read your entries!

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.


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