Punctuated Poetry


I’ve had it with Twitter! I have written so many lil poems, followed other poets, and retweeted their poetry. But barely anyone pays attention to my work… my poor poems are so unloved. So I’m going to post them here (the good ones) and punctuate them. On Twitter, I often don’t put commas and such to save characters. Here are the ones from 2020. Oh, and I’m titling them!

In this moment,
With the silver magic
Of a slivered moon,
It all seems possible,
Just a breath away.
On the verge between
A kiss and a promise is
The point of no return.
But the music starts,
And I remember
I can’t do this dance
All over again.
[Edited. This one got a lil love because it was pinned to my profile.]

Holding the night
In a sticky grip,
This sickness
Brought a kind of magic—
Fevered and frantic,
Filled with stars,
Burning through the dark.
It faded like a dream,
Slipping away at dawn
In someone else’s car.

Golden, sun-buzzed nectar,
Drips sticky sweetness
Down my greedy fingers.
I savor the ancient taste
Of blooms and stingers;
Sharp joy hits my throat.
I can almost hear the wings,
Singing through clover.
I read a jar lasts forever.

Love sounds like a broken abacus,
Beads scattering across the floor.
We don’t count texts
Or endearments
Or who did what first,
When all we want is more.
Love sounds like time unspooling
From a reel of promises,
Until there’s only you & me,
& no one keeping score.

Tears like ropes of pearls
Gleamed softly on her skin,
So radiant in the velvet night.
Star-struck, moon-thrilled,
She had come to love and die.
With desires bound to a ghost,
This kiss would be her last;
Helplessly she surrendered
To a better past.

Moon issued an invitation:
High tides and silver nights,
A play of light,
On warm summer sand.
Palm trees dance within
A skim of shadows;
Twirling tomorrows
Slip through the veil.
I breathe & exhale
Memory’s intoxication.

The music of us
Serenades all my dreams.
I wake in the echoes
Of love’s waning symphony
And begin chasing shadows
With quicksilver wings.
The melody fades
When the mourning dove sings.

Spinning out of nothing,
Reveals a universe
Of complexities.
Each moment spent
Is born to be
A marvel of infinity,
Until time contracts,
Swallowing up the stars.
The heart goes dark,
As it was in the beginning.


©️2020 Paula Light and Light Motifs II. No unauthorized use permitted. Please check out Paula’s books for sale on Amazon.

46 responses to “Punctuated Poetry

  1. “no one keeping score”

    I love that line.

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  2. I especially liked Intoxication.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. These are all so good!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. I joined Twitter and I made one Tweet telling the world that I am here and I never went back.

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  5. Great poetry. Not a fan of twitter. We welcome your lovely poems here.

    Liked by 4 people

  6. These are really good, and I especially liked ‘Honey’. 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  7. Lovely. I feel your pain and frustration. Glad to see your work here.

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  8. What I have seen on Twitter has never enticed me to join.

    Reworked and punctuated, these are all nice poems, and well worth reading.


  9. I likes dem! I give to them the loves!!
    Intoxication & Serenade are the ones I likes besest.

    The Birdy site is full of ragers and trolls… no love there. The Orange Idjit killed the little love there was. Sad.

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  10. I like Abacus the best.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. I know I follow you on Twitter but you’ve been drowned out by something called an election.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Nice! I love “Dance”, “Honey” and “Abacus”

    Liked by 2 people

  13. Great little collection, really loved them.

    Liked by 1 person

  14. these are really lovely. glad you joined!

    Liked by 1 person

  15. I use punctuation sparingly in my poetry. There is no fast rule whether to use it or not, but for me, I think that it does detract from the words.
    Nice work!

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  16. Nice poems, Paula! I just started following you on Twitter. I don’t visit Twitter on a frequent basis but my posts automatically populate there. I try to promote those I know with Retweets.

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  17. Very nice poems. Honey is my favorite.

    Liked by 1 person

  18. Great collection of poems. I enjoyed Abacus and Serenade very much.

    Liked by 1 person

  19. Your work is beautiful, friend. 🕊

    Liked by 1 person

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  21. Too funny! well you just keep showing your poetry here, Twitter not worthy

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