Have you ever? (A sonnet) by Michael T. Smith



Have you ever cut your words with a splice
by the use of a renegade comma,
have you split the infinitive so nice,
as to blankly write linguistic drama?


Your verse was written in novitiate;
Do you wonder ‘if a passive voice mess
was written by you?” – a’ Midas vitiate.
Do you think your errors are somehow less?


Or haphazardly using an em dash —
you need training how to hold your pencil
if you would punctuate by means so rash,
not only use adverbs, but the -ly kill!


Did you ever – I can ever exclaim —
Reflect on your poor language, that you maim!

©2020 Michael T. Smith


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Michael T. Smith is an Assistant Professor of English who teaches both writing and film courses. He has published over 150 pieces (poetry and prose) in over 80 different journals. He loves to travel.


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