Periods by “Diane”

I’ve had periods, but
I don’t want them anymore,
anymore than a hole
in the head-
aching to be filled
with pointillist visions
impressionist dots like
the stars I would see
hitting my head in
frustration at
pontificating periods
given voice by grammarians
contrarians who though
might have a point
to run out when the
bleeding of words is
too much to speak

Grammar is the downfall
of many a poor girl
who doesn’t know
if she should lie
down in green pastures
or lay or have a lay or
if she should have lain
to be laid in New Orleans
lying to the setting sun
where the day lies
in sadness and shame
letting night fall by
the broken moon
—- Douglas Gilbert

Poetry Books By Douglas Gilbert

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