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Commas

by M.J. Hamada (writer), Santa Monica, December 07, 2009

Credit: Google
Maori fish hook

A punctuation poem that honors the punctuation mark we use (yet may not think about) every day.

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They offset, organize, contain,
keeping phrases neat
as well-kept flower beds.

They splice like splicing tape,
sticky on the fingers of film editors
building scenes on Moviolas.

They give us pause,
tell us to slow down:
speed bumps in school zones.

They transform meaning,
from “girl with the boy moaning,”
to “girl with the boy, moaning.”

For some, they sting like wasps
or confine like straightjackets.
But without them, we’d be lost.

Noah Webster once described them
as the guardians of language.
His dreams, however, were comma-free.



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7 comments on Commas

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By Lady D on December 07, 2009 at 12:23 pm

I now undrstand why I love Commas, I think.

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By alan handwerger on December 07, 2009 at 01:18 pm

Terrific poem!

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By M.J. Hamada on December 07, 2009 at 01:23 pm

Thanks, all.

Argh, the formatting isn't the way I wanted it at all. The poem is supposed to appear uniform beneath the image.

I hope this formatting glitch can be corrected for future poems.

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By M.J. Hamada on December 07, 2009 at 08:50 pm

Ha, funny, Ed.

Thanks for the comments, everyone.

We all have our "comma" stories, huh.

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By M.J. Hamada on December 08, 2009 at 08:15 pm

I do have a "Periods" poem on the way.

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By SZU on October 15, 2010 at 12:04 am

I love commas and dashes. They form the skeletons of my writings at large!

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By Credo on January 08, 2014 at 11:53 pm

The point is comma sense and well made...

:)Credo

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