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What I love about this little leaning mark
is how it divides
or bottom side prying that choice up or out,
the right or top side pressing down upon
its choice: either/or,
Sometimes called a slash (too harsh), a slant
(a little dizzy, but the Dickinson association
nice: "Tell all the Truth but tell it slant--"), solidus (sounding
too much like a Roman legionnaire
of many campaigns),
or a separatrix (reminding one of a sexual
No, I like virgule.
I like the word
and I like the function: "Whichever is appropriate
may be chosen to complete the sense.
There is something democratic
about that, grown-up; a long
and slender walking stick set against the house.
Virgule: it feels good in your mouth.
Virgule: its foot on backwards, trochaic, that's OK, American.
Virgule: you could name your son that,
or your daughter Virgula.
I'm sorry now
I didn't think to give my daughter such a name
though I doubt that she and/or
her mother would share that thought.
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