Filling my Purse with Commas

All afternoon, each time
I think I should hurry,
I pull out a comma,

such humble punctuation,
and invite it into the moment—
and the comma does

what it always does, which
is to invite a pause, a small pause,
of course, but a pause long enough

to breathe, to notice what else
is happening, a slight
suggestion that right here

is a perfect place to rest,
yes, how funny I never noticed
before that the comma itself

looks as if it’s bowing, nodding
its small dark head to what is,
encouraging us to find

a brief silence and then,
thus refreshed, to go on.


first published on First Sip