the exclamation point is

the exclamation point is

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto

the exclamation point is

 

 

a punctuation thief

stole my semi-colon,

 

I yelled "Stop"

but he only paused

long enough

to finish my sentence

 

then ran-on

to find a fragment

to rob.

 

 

erin-cilberto

7/1/2020

© 2020 jacob erin-cilberto


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wow! that's linguistically witty. This personification put a smile on my face. Thank you loads. :)

Posted 1 Month Ago


Lale

1 Month Ago

wait.. what does the thief do in my review?
jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

guess, got away?
I am glad this poem could give you a smile, Lale,
j.
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Gee
Being a highly skilled medical bod the only comparison I can find to your missing semi colon is in this half hearted response :))
Hope you are well jacob

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

it's hearted enough.....thank you, Gee.
Doing fine over here, hope you are well,
j.
The exclamation point must have been lurking beside the "p" in "Stop."
Don't concern yourself about the theft, semi-colons, by definition, are half-assed.
Thou art most clever, Jacob, Formerly of the Bronx.


Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

yes, ha ha, clever kids lived in high rise apartments in the Bronx...
but some of us fell out.. read more
I'm reasonably fortunate in this regard because I've already forgotten or misused mine and wouldn't notice if it had been stolen

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

ha ha...love that response...thank you, Dave,
j.
Very witty .. made me smile

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

thank you, Hebe...
I was hoping this piece might have that effect...
j.
He only paused long enough to finish my sentence.... Is the best line I've ever read.
I didn't think anyone actually did do it, but it certainly made me Laugh Out Loud. 😀
You threw me with the "STOP" I was half expecting the supremes to pop up singing backing vocals "in the name of love."
Still smiling here.

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

"think it o over"
thanks for giving me a smile, Lorry...
and I am glad you could get a.. read more
tHe heLL wItH puNCtuaton SPELLLLing aNd tHe WHole lOT. it iz all nonsenze. The hELL with spellCHEck 2. Seriously, they are arbitrary rulez

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

ha ha, thanks for the smile, adorno,
j.
I agree . . . we're all just one-too-many exclamation points away from nuclear fission. Gotta approach those e-points with caution! (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

thank you, Margie...I have my fear of nuclear fission as well.
j.
This is very clever. Sorry I haven't been here recently to enjoy your writes. I've been working on the "Great American Novel" haha.
Take care of yourself - Dave

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

thank you, Dave.
How is the novel coming along?
Ha ha. This is so clever and filled with humour too. I am really enjoying your recent writes Jacob. So varied. So good.

Chris

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

But was Goofy a dog or what? the ultimate question presented in Stephen King's story, "The body"---.. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Goofy was a dog. Friend of Mickey Mouse
jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

yes, I have always believed that also...A Dog...no Doubt.

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jacob erin-cilberto
jacob erin-cilberto

Carbondale, IL



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Originally from Bronx, NY, I live in Carbondale, Illinois...teach English at two community colleges and have been writing and publishing poetry since 1970. Friending works two ways. If we have had .. more..

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