Lenten Meditation by Eleanor Miles
In most sessions the comma will dominate.
Ahmed is a comma in a series of items.
Maty stays baffled by “What are essentials?”
Salman looks triumphant locating conjunctions
while Strunk & I crow with grammar-nerd joy.
On Tuesday, Glodie steps back from her clutter of colons,
addressing me over “Jane Eyre’s Maturation,”
apparently composing a good thesis statement:
“Can you only wonder at my hollow isolation
on fleeing the Congo, the war, and the death.
Then, I land in Great Gatsby, no subtitles given.
Yet, you heard swallowed words and read my lost articles;
you kept smiling and explaining and explaining again,
while praising dual tongues and noting the independent.
Always you will imagine to understand.”
“Imagine you are surprising Yvette after Sayed,
with your delight in revisions, excitement by semicolon.
Please, imagine this year after year.
When I go on to State, there are others behind me.”
Her voice is question mark -exclamation in one.
“To keep as a promise, as reminder to continue,
here, Miss, accept my bracelet, today, as remembrance.”
Now, I slide on the cowries of her country, oval shells pierced.
Shell by shell is linked through fine, silken cord;
round beads , double knots are punctuation for strength.
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