MS (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

0047 Ode To The Goddess Of Punctuation

I sing of punctuation....'What? ', you say,
'I've never heard a sonnet on that theme! ';
and thus this modest goddess, clothed in grace,
performs her holy task; unheard, unseen,

except in trivial printed marks (- like this -)
punctilious editors put in - or erase;
yet, she's the Sherpa to the mind's high bliss
who leads our thoughts to peaks of silent praise;

immortal consort of the god of speech,
handmaid of mind, bestowing measured pause
between each thought; their silent truth to reach
by resting mind in mind's divine true cause.

O worship her, her power so great and blest,
whose shortest silence, wildest mind may rest!

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Comments (6)

As a professional editor, I'm going to put a copy of this poem on my office wall.
Good for you, Michael. Now how about another well-written poem in praise of spelling. It seems that many poets on these pages don't care.
Good for you, Michael. Now how about another well-written poem in praise of spelling. It seems that many poets on these pages don't care.
Brilliant recognition of Punctuation. Will read it to my students. Thanks Michael.
i have no idea what 'retention' Savannah is referring to, Michael. i thought this was a clever and original piece. no pandas here! Jake
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