Do you remember studying punctuation and hating it? Where should you use a comma? When do you use a semicolon? It all seems kind of silly until you see something like these little poems by Mary Youngquist.
The Pessimist The Optimist
That deep red rose – I see its thorn. That deep red rose I see, its thorn I just ignore.
I just ignore the scent that’s borne. The scent that’s borne to me – it’s nothing I deplore
To me it’s nothing. I deplore Those scratches that I got – Before I just complain
those scratches that I got before. about the pain a lot, I think of beauty’s gain
I just complain about the pain.
A lot I think of beauty’s gain.
They both have the same words but what an amazing difference in the story. Now go back and study your punctuation rules! Or perhaps I could say, “Now go back and study. Your punctuation rules!”