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The pilcrow is a cryptic beast

With character upright

A sentinel whose measured strides

Suggest a blessed foresight.

 

Observe him well and you will see

How firm is his embrace

Despatching with a guardian's foil

That ghostly random space.

 

It's plain his purpose justifies

A presence in the frame

For words are apt to mutiny

And stake a wasteland claim.

 

So love your friendly pilcrow

Forget his shoulders gnarled

His shepherding will bind and keep

Your sentences corralled.

 

Comments 5

 
Stephen Evans on Saturday, 18 April 2015 00:36

I never knew it had a name!

I never knew it had a name!
Katherine Gregor on Saturday, 18 April 2015 09:35

Love it!

Love it!
Anonymous on Tuesday, 21 April 2015 02:57

Ah, Wikipedia does have it. And I feel stupid. As for anybody else who's wondering -- look it up! That's what I had to do. Good poem.

Ah, Wikipedia does have it. And I feel stupid. As for anybody else who's wondering -- look it up! That's what I had to do. Good poem.
Anonymous on Sunday, 26 April 2015 19:16

I read more than fifty years ago that there are no poetic words. I guess that's true but an extensive
vocabulary helps create images. This is the real stuff. I'm intimidated.

I read more than fifty years ago that there are no poetic words. I guess that's true but an extensive vocabulary helps create images. This is the real stuff. I'm intimidated.
Rosy Cole on Tuesday, 28 April 2015 17:13

You're very kind, Charlie.

It's good to bear in mind that writers are only in competition with themselves, not each other. The poem is just a bit of humour which arose out of the tedium of the formatting process. Editing, I don't mind, but formatting is the scourge of modern publishing :-)

You're very kind, Charlie. It's good to bear in mind that writers are only in competition with themselves, not each other. The poem is just a bit of humour which arose out of the tedium of the formatting process. Editing, I don't mind, but formatting is the scourge of modern publishing :-)
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