LoSoRhyMo #7: Easier than citrus fruit

mccardey asked for a sonnet about feral apostrophes. What mccardey asks for, mccardey sometimes gets.

Sonnet 7: Lines 5 & 10 dont need any more punctuation to make sense, nor does this title
O hail, thou blithe apostrophe
perhaps the most dispensable
of punctuation marks. To thee
I sing, no ode, but sensible
to commenters demand, a sonnet.
What blackboard hath not thee upon it?
Bean’s, tangerine’s and door alarm’s!
I’ll never live down at The Arm’s.
My not-so-smart phone changes its
to it’s. Oh, what I learned at schools
now shrunk to arbitrary rules.
It must be time to call it quits:
though I have loved you, dearest punct-
-uation mark, please go defunct.

6 responses to “LoSoRhyMo #7: Easier than citrus fruit

  1. Yep … I wish more people would follow the rule “when in doubt, leave it out” rather than try to put it in. I find its absence far less distracting than an incorrect presence. I wonder why that is? Absence where it should be is as incorrect as presence where it shouldn’t, and yet bothers me less? Ah, the mysteries of reading and writing.

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  2. I’ve actually memorised this now. You’ve made me very happy…

    Thank you.

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  3. mind you, on reflection, I’m kind of wishing I’d asked for real estate…

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  4. wg: Yes, my decades as an editor have made me sympathetic to spelling reform and the abolition of the apostrophe, even as I continue to correct add U to ‘color’ and insert or remove apostrophes. I feel sometimes like a priest who has lost faith in god.

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  5. mccardey: I’m flattered to be memorised. You could have asked for real estate, but of course I would have been obliged to invoke the ‘sometimes’ clause and decline the request.

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