Periods and Commas

by Bob Schwartz

Periods and Commas

I search the poems of
More artful and crafty poets
For punctuation
Periods and commas
Colons and semis
Dashes short and long
Where do they belong
For a while
I thought I knew
But at this moment
Give up pretending
Discard them all
They gather together
Leftover parts
From a ready to assemble kit
In cryptic conversation
.,.,?-;
—,,.-
Meaning no less
Than the words
They will all be back
As soon as later
Or now.

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