“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.
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.
Have a great day!