A Comma

A Comma

A comma is distressed
because she is left,
the modern writing does not use it
preferring to use the colon :

So to use the point on the i
without compromise
no more sign offers up for the musing
One point, full stop, that’s all.
Hurry up ! hurry up !
the time is for exclamation point !
no time to open quotation marks
no time to speak together
nor for suspension marks….
no time to think
neither get one’s breath back
no wonder questions
nor interrogation
no more interlocution
Yes or not, to answer push the button, find out the good one quickly ! ouf !

the rude remark also lost his breath
and went into exile,
and take refuge inside a hold comics trip

The comma, totally distressed
stays under the line, quietly,
is hiding inside a fairy tale’s book,
the semi-colon already there ; hidden ;
Huddled up close in the comma.

Anna Plissonneau, in « Drôles de saisons humaines », Ed. Le Petit Pavé, Juin 2014.
Version en anglais, Shreveport LA USA Aout 2011.


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