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Virgule

Its perpendicular
tilted, falling forward,
 
this oblique stroke
between lines of verse
 
or fractions’ numbers
or month/day/year
 
separates & connects
parts of some whole:
 
its diagonal can also
offer us alternatives
 
like his/her, and/or,
a skinny twig partway
 
between limb & ground,
like me not quite vertical
 
or horizontal, a slash
leaning into stiff wind.

Credit


Copyright © 2017 Michael McFee. Used with permission of the author. This poem originally appeared in The Southern Review, Spring 2017.

Author


Michael McFee

Michael McFee is the author of numerous poetry collections, including We Were Once Here (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2017). He lives in North Carolina.

Date Published: 2017-07-27

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/virgule