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    I am a fan of the Oxford comma.
    I am a fan of the way, like long showers,
    it gives me clarity. Let's return
    to lessons of elementary school,
    telling us to list the things we like--
    ice cream, warm sand, staying up
    late, really, really, really late--
    and follow each with its own comma,
    except the last. Follow rolling down
    the library hill in summer
    with a period. There will be many lists--
    to dos, the groceries, intimate partners--
    and after the last period, there will be
    a pause, forever.
    Astute pupils dilated and backs straight,
    the grammar lessons took.
    But we were never taught what to do
    when blood begins to puddle
    in the base of our underwear,
    and who to confide in
    when we're twelve years old
    and far from home, and what to say.
    yes, I am a fan of the Oxford comma,
    but not of the Oxford.
    We'll call it the loose-tooth comma,
    the unkissed, the hand-me-down comma.
    We'll call it rolling down library hill
    or cannonball into the pool. Call it
    please, go on a little longer, or
    don't let go. Don't wish the end,
    the end. The End.