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Sandy Solomon: Grammar Lout

Few anymore remain who know

what an apostrophe is for

or so it seems to some of us,

half schooled ourselves in parts of speech,


who nonetheless recoil to see

plural’s placed possessively

and then the other way around,  

possessives mark just overlooked. 


Liz thinks we ought to have a day

devoted to apostrophes

in which we add or rub them out

in bands of roving grammar louts.


Imagine how I’d smear the chalk

from all those signs in Berwick Street

scrawled near piles of fruit and veg:

tomato’s, cucumber’s, and beet’s,


and how I’d roam down Oxford Street,

magic marker tight in hand,

to doctor all those printed signs,



And its, my God, the it’s I’d change

(snickers, chortles as I’d work).

Red pencil this, red pencil that.

Sometimes a curl, sometimes a scratch.


And that’s before I’d turn my mind

to sorting out the places where

the sweet subjunctive’s gone astray.

Imperative that someone care.

Copyright 2019 Sandy Solomon


2 comments on “Sandy Solomon: Grammar Lout

  1. nancyhkilgore
    June 15, 2019

    Yes, I get so frustrated with those apostrophes and non-apostrophes, too, Sandy. What a lighthearted and clever poem.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Beth Stewart
    June 15, 2019

    I love this! It would be fun to band together with our red pencils (chalk or markers) and correct grammar for a couple of hours a month!

    Liked by 1 person

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