by Alan S. Kleiman

I never met a semicolon I didn’t like
Why once I had come
to the end of a sentence
Screaming period
But no
I snickered and
Semi-coloned it
Right there
Running on and on
About girls and cars
About afternoon treats
Where sunsets began to poke
at the window
It’s time now
Better leave
But still I semi’d it along
Not ready to end
Not ready to say
This is all I have left

Alan S. Kleiman's chapbook, Grand Slam, was
published in 2013 by Crisis Chronicles Press. His poetry
has appeared in Verse Wisconsin, The Criterion,
Contemporary American Voices, Camel Saloon, Fringe,
The Montucky Review and many other journals. He
lives in New York City and works as an attorney.