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Poems about Punctuation

Monday, 31 March 2008 14:36:17

Inspired by Roger McGough's poem 'Apostrophe', I decided to write one about a punctuation mark. (I had fun decades ago inventing a lively 'martial art' version of punctuation while I was in Singapore. I called it Pung Chua Shong and its been the cause of much over-excitment among pupils and adults at a number of literary events since then.  I see Phil Beadle has done a similar thing - I wonder if this is an example of two minds coming up with the same idea in separate places, like Darwin and Wallace. Nothing like a grand comparison.)   Anyway, I think I'll try a comma.

I pause, I falter, I cannot stop
I can though, like this, interrrupt
Quite politely and like this,
End lines of poetry
And like, best of all, to
Help with lists like shopping, - (what else?)

I can feel more ideas bubbling beneath the surface but they need a while to come to the top.

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