Poetry without punctuation

The one constraint I remember giving myself in this poem was to write it without punctuation, except the semicolon. Except the semicolon, here, isn’t even a semicolon, but an old-school emoticon, if you will.

As a grammarian and former copyeditor, one of my superpowers is punctuation. And the semicolon, across the board, is the most misunderstood of them all. (Except possibly the comma….)




If a semicolon equals and but or

then the semicolon is the connector

of the world


sans winked eye

we would go alone separated deprived

of people who mark our punctuated lives


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