On Punctuation

Robert Rauschberg pinterest.com

Robert Rauschberg pinterest.com

A poet’s punctuation
lies entirely in his words
what use a question mark
what use an exclamation point
what use the plain period
when you know his voice
by rising falling words

His thoughts flowing
white`water along rapids
uninterrupted by any dam
undeterred by widest bridge
unfettered by keel or oar
’til flowing free as the air
thought finds the sea

All his pronunciation
lies entirely in your ear
spelled not in alphabets
spilled out not by thesauri
spoken but in whispers
of imaginative imagery
his heart to your own


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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2 Responses to On Punctuation

  1. rivrvlogr says:

    Even in images beyond the words.

    Liked by 1 person

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