Punctuation

I penned all that flowed in a hurry
A painful production, artlessly logged
Purposeless and plain…
What are words without psyche and soul?
Asked my curious mind…
Wandering aimlessly for a few seconds…
I erased the ellipses
Warding off the fragmentary thoughts

A chain of familiar symbols stretched wide
Gaiting on the ramp with poise
Commas remained grounded,
Pausing for a little breath
But when inverted, hung like a ‘dangling’
Exclaiming elite attention!
Colon clearing its throat announced:
“I’d introduce my buddies and their roles”
Braces embraced each one (detailing their
names, definitions, pronunciation and etymology)
“Left-brained analysts with a long list!”
“I got to pause; this is never-ending”
Remarked semi colon, impatiently

Elated, I looked at my words, lines –
adorned with pretty brooches
With distinctive rhythm and life
Newfangled characters told my story
the way it should be
Full point rushed to mark a dot.
It knew; this was the end.
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About Suma K Gopal

Suma hails from a village in Kerala, India, and writes in English and Malayalam. Her poems, written through those inevitable moments of change, are quiet expressions that help her unmask. Her poems have been published in various international anthologies including Inner Child Press International, Amaravati Prism, and xpresspublications/poiesisonline.com, and has written lyrics for music albums. Suma holds Master’s degree in English Language and Literature and has given poetry readings at a number of events. Suma began her career as a web journalist about two decades ago, but later she chose a profession in Human Resources, while poetry remains her passion.Suma is a South Indian classical musician, a certified executive coach and a senior Human Resources professional in a multinational organization based in Bangalore.

6 thoughts on “Punctuation

  1. Madhumathy

    Punctuation like accessories add to the beauty of thought and writing and poem on it is just out of the box thinking. Lovely!!

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  2. Padmaja Iyengar-Paddy

    A superbly penned poem is “Punctuation”, dear Suma K Gopal. Especially loved the lines: ” I erased the ellipses ” and ” Commas remained grounded “! Truly a unique poem!

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