POETRY

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I do not like the ampersand,
the thing for “and.”
We have the alphabet at hand.
If one means “et”
and Latin for “the rest of it,”
why have “c” writ
with ampersand, half-cooked, half-raw?
Why not the schwa
4 “or” ǝ star 4 “the,” * law?
ǝ “both” as pound
& dollar sign b duty-bound
2 serve each round
of “but” ǝ “yet”? & what of “is”?
Parenthesis.
Not $ a mark 4 “her” ǝ “his.”
“It”? Percentage.
$, this ( * computer age.
2 text, engage.
That shorthand ( * future’s groove
% may $ prove.

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I do not like the ampersand
as thing for “and.”
We have the alphabet at hand.
If one means “et”
and Latin for “the rest of it,”
why have “c” writ
with ampersand, half-cooked, half-raw?
Why not the schwa
for “or” or star for “the,” the law?
or “both” as pound
and dollar sign be duty-bound
to serve each round
of “but” or “yet”? And what of “is”?
Parenthesis.
Not yet a mark for “her” or “his.”
“It”? Percentage.
But/yet, this is the computer age.
To text, engage.
That shorthand is the future’s groove
It may but/yet prove.

Dwayne Barrick lives outside of Dayton, Ohio and works as a grant writer and lead administrator for the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. He is also an independent consultant and a member of the Grant Professionals Association, where he serves on its Miami Valley Chapter board of directors. He cultivates orchids, is guilty of desultory reading, and has not finished the many lists of the Great Books Program, as yet.

I do not like the ampersand,
the thing for “and.”
We have the alphabet at hand.
If one means “et”
and Latin for “the rest of it,”
why have “c” writ
with ampersand, half-cooked, half-raw?