A Grammarian’s Love
I can’t write about you:
sentences don’t fall like your hair does,
fragments are too short to describe the big moments
and run-ons can’t even start on the small ones.
Transitions can’t bridge milestones
with any authenticity,
like the boxes from our last apartment shifting to our first house
or a ring that means so much
or our family expanding from 2 to 3 in the matter of hours
or 3 to 4 in just as long.
Exclamation points are nothing like your laugh
and semicolons connect clauses,
but it isn’t like your fingers in mine.
The only one that seems to make any sense is the question mark
because to me you are all the answers,
I should just pick up photography
at this point.
Bio: Matt McGuirk teaches and lives with his wife and two daughters in New Hampshire. He was a BOTN 2021 nominee, is now a regular contributor at Fevers of the Mind and has poems and stories published in 50+ literary magazines with 100+ accepted pieces. His debut collection, Daydreams, Obsessions, Realities with Alien Buddha Press isavailable on Amazon, linked in the bio and also on his website.Follow him on Twitter: @McguirkMatthew and Instagram: @mcguirk_matthew.
Website: http://linktr.ee/McGuirkMatthew Daydreams, Obsessions, Realities: https://www.amazon.com/Daydreams-Obsessions-Realities-hybrid-collection/dp/B09M5KY8HH/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=A Fevers of the Mind Quick-9 Interview with Matthew McGuirk