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Punctuation Allergy

“Whilst chatting with my author friend Ashlie Harris Saturday evening I coined two new writerly medical conditions. Punctuation Allergy and Comma-itis. Ashlie challenged me to use them in a piece and so I wrote this poem. Enjoy.

I wrote this poem in answer to the following prompts:
FOWC with Fandango — Renovate
Your Daily Word — Incentive
Ragtag Daily Prompt — Pursuit

Punctuation Allergy

In the pursuit of a good story
One must be precise for glory
Editing is the problem for me
I have Punctuation Allergy you see

Also known as comma-itis
It’s as painful as arthritis
As hard as I try to renovate
The grammatical condition won’t abate

My every sentence is flawed
Commas should be outlawed
The incentive is, should I prevail
I’ll end up with a great tale

My apostrophes are a hash
And what the hell is an M-dash
An ellipsis leave’s me in the dark
Grr, time for an exclamation mark!

So, while I edit every day
My punctuation allergy will stay
For now, my comma-itis won’t be beat
So, please use my punctuation sticky sheet

Thanks for reading my friends.

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Have a great day!


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  1. Lol this is really good. I never know whether to use punctuation in my poems or not. Instinct tells me to, but most poems don’t have punctuation in

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    1. Well, thank you. I’m glad you like it.

      I think we’re supposed to punctuate poems the same way as any other writing, but what do I know. I have the strongest case of Punctuation Allergy I know!

      So long as it reads well, punctuation is secondary I think.

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      1. I agree with you. I don’t punctuate mine usually and I think a poem should just stand as it is anyway. It’s the words that count. I just remember learning dammed grammar at school and it was dinned into us! Ooops sorry, an exclamation mark crept in lol

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      2. I think that’s the best way. Let the words do the work.

        I must have had the same lessons in English class, I don’t remember much about Commas and such being taught though. I’ve been trying to teach myself as I write the last couple years instead.

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      1. Aww thank you.

        Me too, I finally have a place where I belong and a place for my writing tobe enjoyed. That was something I never had when trying to publish books. Those are gone and now I can write happily here.

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  2. Ah, the great debate, about when, to use, or not use, commas. And the use of apostrophe’s for plural’s. And how many exclamations marks are too many exclamation marks!!!! And then there’s the interrobang ‽ WTF???!!!!

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    1. Precisely, one can never produce a good book because everybody would have punctuated it differently.

      What the hell is an interrobang lol sounds like a technique of using sex as an interrogation technique lol

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