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APED: "the punctuation secret"

March 21st, 2009 (10:54 pm)

thefourthvine requested a poem on punctuation.

If you spy out errant commas, or a colon that's mislaid,
but you never question why your quotes are curled,
or why a semi-colon's dot is put in just that place,
or why a pound sign is so strangely whirled,
then you cannot claim to grammatize or really punctuate,
or to know the secret wisdom of the world.

For the literate don't know it, but in these little tools
are cabalistic secrets, kept well hidden by design.
The men who know and speak of this are reckoned to be fools.
But they know they will see a day when all the stars align,
and the Great Old Ones arise, eldritch lips all flecked with drool,
and devour us in ways that are unholy, yet divine.

So every little punctuation's secretly a prayer,
each curlicue a strange uncanny way,
to channel dread Cthulhu -- no, I'm not mad, don't stare.
You'll see just what I mean, when comes the day.
Until then -- write grammatically. Use commas well. Take care.
Cthulu fhtagn! Iä! Iä! Iä!

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