Alphabet Soup This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

September 10, 2011
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I am swimming in a sea of commas and semicolons, trying to reach punctual shore, but these raging asyndetons and clauses and appositives and polysyndetons keep crashing, crashing, crashing at my power of will, trying to push me below literal surface. What is the meaning behind all of this?

But I don't want to drown in its seemingly bottomless sea. I wish to just stay on the surface, to make my way to Euphoria as soon as possible, where I'll finally be free of the strict rule of Syntax. Just swallow the words, I told myself. No need to digest – just keep going.

There are now predicates on my tail. Looking for their subjects, perhaps? But I have none to spare, for I am trying to survive; I have a goal.

I swim faster to prevent their action-verb teeth from chomping off my toes and feet, but homophones are straining me, pulling me in all directions but up. Who commanded all these actions?

My body is tired. I have gained quite a distance between the predicates and myself. I take one gulp of air and decide to let go for a moment, to immerse myself briefly, just once. Beneath the surface I see monsters – metaphors, similes, symbols, allegories. Terrified by their overwhelming complication, I resurface.

The shores of Euphoria are closer now. I see the waves of words crashing and breaking into letters and sinking into the sand to settle there as forgotten lore, meaningless. I can feel the sea loosening its grip on me, but due to my fatigue, I cannot swim much faster.

After a while, I am finally washed ashore, out of breath.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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flyingpinkgiraffes This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Dec. 22, 2012 at 6:25 pm
can't say I understand it, but I like it.
HorseGirl06 said...
Aug. 25, 2012 at 5:35 pm
great personification!
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