Semicolon Sonnet

The crows coughed up all the semicolons
pecked out of Shakespeare’s
complete collection of sonnets and poems
by Oxford University Press.

Some obscure law of Synchronicity
removed all the semicolons
from all the copies ever sold around the world,
except in those counties where ravens held sway.

The crows coughing spewed the semicolons
high up into the air into the first layer of clouds.
A steady drizzle of semicolons fell
punctuating our terrestrial landscape.

The next spring, wild semicolons sprouted,
bloomed, attracted long lists of pollinators.

copyright © 2018 Kenneth P. Gurney

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