My Word of the Month poem

BULLETIN: Michelle Barnes was kind enough to feature me on her blog today. If you’re interested, here’s the link. Thanks Michelle!

Hi everyone,

Yesterday I was without Internet all day. I hope that Mediacom finally fixed whatever was wrong in the area. I used my unplanned downtime to write a poem inspired by this month’s word, LEAVES.
A Cautionary Tale
by David L. Harrison

Eats, shoots, and leaves
Reminds how punctuation
Misapplied deceives.

Imagine the panda’s trauma,
Branded a scurvy bandit,
Besmirched by a misplaced comma!

Deranged by the comma’s curse,
Distraught he ran amok
From petty crime to worse.

Brandishing an eraser,
He corrected every sign
As the infamous defacer.

Hardly a comma was left
When the posse put him down,
Leaving his widow bereft.

But even as she grieves
She edits his epitaph:
Eats Shoots and Leaves.

10 comments on “My Word of the Month poem

  1. I learned a long time ago NOT to tell students to put a comma where they naturally pause. It was a disaster. Love this, I’ve had a lot of fun with that book. Glad to see it as your muse without the internet!

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