Tan Pratonix

Bronze Star - 2,607 Points (Triolet, Mauritius)

Punctuation Marks - Poem by Tan Pratonix

The full stop and the comma
Had an argument.
The full stop said, “It’s over! ”
But the comma would not relent.

The semi-colon joined in
And tried to say his piece,
There was just a longer pause,
But the battle would not cease.

The question mark raised a doubt,
The exclamation point
Stood up and shouted, ‘Please shut up! ’
The brackets also joined

The fray with hyphen and dash,
When along came quotation marks,
With oblique (or forward slash) ,
And what do you think happened that day?
There was a terrible clash!

No punctuation mark survived
On that bizarre poetry site.
Grammarians and those who parse
(Skilled writers) had a fright.

But the sentences and clauses
Couldn’t care more or less,
They went on in their pickled way
In stream-of-consciousness.

Topic(s) of this poem: humour


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Written 23rd Sept 2015.

Comments about Punctuation Marks by Tan Pratonix

  • (10/3/2016 12:10:00 PM)

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    this is quite brilliant Tan. Bet James Joyce would have loved it! Especially the last line. I certainly did!
    Both ingenious and very funny too! Make it a favourite.
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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (9/27/2015 1:53:00 PM)


    Bizarre! What a marvellous speculation it is! Brilliant depiction about Punctuation Marks that appears as human actors. Thrilling and stunning one. Thanks for sharing. ....10 (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, September 23, 2015



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