Punctuation … bah, who needs it!

Punctuation … bah, who needs it!

A Poem by Richard🖌

Synopsis: For those who think proper punctuation is useless and unnecessary.


When called-on in English class to explain how an ellipsis ( … ) is used,

a high school student (with poor grades) confronts the teacher:

“What is the big deal about punctuation?

I can write anything without it,

and anyone can tell what I wrote.”

So, the teacher scribbled on the blackboard,

“A woman without her man is nothing,”

and asked the class to copy and punctuate it properly.

All the boys wrote,

“A woman without her man, is nothing.”

All the girls wrote,

“A woman … without her, man is nothing.”

Punctuation can be powerful, indeed!

Let's go eat granny!

Let's go eat, Granny!


Richard W. Jenkins


© 2022 Richard🖌

Author's Note

There are fourteen punctuation marks commonly used in English grammar:
the period, question mark, exclamation point, comma, semicolon,
colon, dash, hyphen, parentheses, brackets, braces,
apostrophe, quotation marks, and ellipsis.
Following their correct usage will
make your writing easier to
read 'n more appealing.

I posted this mainly for interesting responses and feedback from my fellow poetesses, writers, and poets, and for a venue to express different points of view on this, often controversial, topic.
Feel free to comment under your own or anyone's review.

And remember, constructive critique is always welcome.😊

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VERY powerful example!!! it shows how everything is turned upside down with simple use of punctuation, in Arabic they are important as in English, at a young age children at schools learn them and they lose grades if they forget them, as for poetry as I know one must respect the rules of English and the professional poetry, still Poetry is about creativity and creating with no boundaries, one may use them for a purpose and might not for another one, as for me I am still confused by them when I "poet" my poetry lol

Posted 10 Months Ago

3 of 3 people found this review constructive.


2 Months Ago


Teaching requires so much time, it's difficult to read, review, and comment.. read more

2 Months Ago

Of course I do. Good Luck Always ☺️

2 Months Ago

Thanks for the "Good Luck Always" wishes. : )


ahahahaha ..nicely pronounced my friend! i believe that punctuation can most definitely be used to the advantage, in any creative writing ... or otherwise. myself .. i became frustrated with my vain attempts to use it "properly" and gave it up for other methods that did work for me ... the rare times i use a form to write in, punctuation is easier for me to see where to put things ... it's a choice .. one that is without sin either way one swings ... says i! ;)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

Posted 2 Months Ago

Punctuation definitely helps make more sense of the written word. However, I find it fun to do a piece, every now and then, without any punctuation....just because. I've seen other poets do the same thing. Most of the time, the lack of use doesn't make it difficult to read but, I tried to read some e e cummings and I had to stretch myself to follow. Not sure if it was the lack of punctuation or, the placement of words he used. Thank you for sharing this information on punctuation. Very helpful! Temp

Posted 4 Months Ago

Yes, I agee punctuation is important and you clearly depict this in your poems. Without punctuation, what you are trying to convey will be interpreted differently. "Lets go eat granny!" will be interpreted as if you want to have granny for dinner... you're not the big bad wolf from Little Red Riding Hood and you actually wanted to say " Lets go eat, granny!" conveying that it is time to eat and granny must eat as well.

Posted 4 Months Ago

having read and enjoyed many of their offerings i have no doubts
e e cummings
james joyce
william faulkner
emily dickinson
had little need for punctuation

Posted 5 Months Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


5 Months Ago

i thank you for allowing a civilized conversation
that said, quantity does not serve as valid.. read more

5 Months Ago

Hi, Keith,
I really enjoy chatting about poetry, taking-in so many varied outlooks, opinions,.. read more

5 Months Ago

i am an artist, sculptor, woodsmith, furniture design & maker, potter ... i am complicatedly simple<.. read more
Years ago, I wrote one or two stories about writing. I basically advised - write the way you want to write with or without punctuation.

These days, I'm more of the mind that punctuation and form are important. I'm also regretting some of the things I wrote in the past and the way I wrote them.

I'm taking a short hiatus from posting until I can at least get a little more self-educated about punctuation and form. I think, in my case, it might help.

Posted 6 Months Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


6 Months Ago

My good friend, Tim,

It would help us, one and all. : )
You might breeze throu.. read more

6 Months Ago

I believe I may have commented on one of those in the past. However, I'll certainly take a look.
Punctuation; what the hadee's is that??? LOL
I usually write with it, sometimes I don't. But feelings don't come across as good
if you don't. I understand what you are getting at though....
I enjoyed this write and your author's note.

Posted 7 Months Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


2 Months Ago

As, Kenzie Dear,

I also delightfully enjoyed you and your very fun and intelligent re.. read more
You know what? this is so true.
There is an extent of good grammar and bad grammar; as well punctuation marks.
Well said and pointed out Richard.
Now did you notice what I did wrong in my review? Wink : )

Posted 8 Months Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


8 Months Ago

You know what? This is so true.
There is an extent of good grammar and bad grammar; as well, .. read more
basic writer

8 Months Ago

hope you accept my friend request, I could use some help off and on.

8 Months Ago

Anytime you need help, beckie, just tap me on the shoulder. : )
I'm amazed I love this....
oops! my bad. I'm amazed; I love this.

Posted 8 Months Ago

2 of 2 people found this review constructive.


8 Months Ago

I'm amazed you love this, too.

Ohhh, I see! Good correction.👍
Thanks, Lale,.. read more

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Added on October 30, 2021
Last Updated on July 1, 2022
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