Semicolon

You can get through your whole life
without one, I tell my students.
Really. You can. Periods and commas
will do you fine, if you use them
correctly, if you resist the urge
to polka dot a page or sprinkle
them through a field of letters
like so many chocolate chips.

If a period puts a button
on the end of a sentence,
halts a declaration, and
a comma serves as a mere pause,
when you combine them—
that simple dot over a curvy
wink—you arrive at the spot
dividing two complete thoughts.

It creates parallels;
it speaks of relationship—
your road running next to mine,
each of us equals,
holding our own weight
in this lovely dance
of a sentence together.

semicolon

About janishaag

Writer, writing teacher, editor
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4 Responses to Semicolon

  1. Deja Ellison says:

    I Love that!

  2. buzzardnotes says:

    Explains it well. I like that

  3. Love this one, lady! I may share it with my students.

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