Breakup Syntax

He liked to be at the end
Of sentences, the most definite
Punctuation, preferably a period,
Though a colon was good
And so was a semicolon
But not a dash and definitely
Not a comma. He would stand
In the sun just outside the shade
Of that sycamore tree an ancestor
Planted along the river where
No language can match
The swiftness of the current,
Where no woman can understand
Why a man would need the end stop
When he never brought a message
Through her body that left it.

–Shaun Perkins

2 thoughts on “Breakup Syntax

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s