A Parallel Love Letter to Grammar

A Parallel Love Letter to Grammar
Updated on 3 April 2015

In honor of National Poetry Month, writer Antonella Gazzardi has contributed a poem about grammar for your reading pleasure!

Every weekday in April, we will be sharing a poem, an excerpt of poetry, or a feature on a poet. Our celebration will feature poetry from every era, and we ask our friends to join us throughout the month by sharing their favorite poetry under the tag #PoetryMonth.


I was asked to write creatively about grammar.

As a gift to myself. To my passion. To my writing.

I was asked to write and give my creation

To my friend. To my mentor. To my inspiration.

I started an ode – got two words down.

I started an essay – got four words down.

I stared at the wall – got zero down.

I started free-writing – I got this down.

So let me just talk to you, grammar.

Let me just confess to you, dearest.

Last spring you reminded me how much I love you

When I tutored my first class and its little chickens

You worked hard to torture

Because you are a sadist

But I love you anyway.

This fall you made me realize I can’t live without you

While I tutored my last class and its little chickens

You insisted to torture

Because you insist on being a sadist

But I insist on loving you anyway.

I adore every single one of your limbs

Your phonology, your morphology, your sexy syntax.

I adore the complex workings of your brain

Phrases and clauses, adjectives and adverbs

Participles and gerunds.

Simple sentences

Compound sentences

Complex sentences

You are an absolute in my life!

With your bashful tiny commas

Your imperative exclamation points

Your uncertain questions marks

Your emphatic little dashes.

I so appreciated your gift of a wooden chair

Of an oak table

Of pen and paper

Of a role

That called me so loud

A role

That made me so proud

So I decided to marry you – would you marry me, grammar?

And then we’ll move to Tampa

To be absolutely happily ever after.

The end?

The beginning.

by Antonella Gazzardi

About the Author

Antonella Gazzardi is from Italy, has been living in Orlando, FL since 2005, and is a graduate student in Applied Linguistics: ESL at the University of South Florida, Tampa. She has recently transferred there from a Master of Liberal Studies program at Rollins College, Winter Park, where she worked as a writing consultant and grammar tutor for two years, and where she interned as teaching assistant in Editing Essentials, core course on grammar and style in the English major, in the fall of 2014. In 2012, she worked as a freelance writer on Italian culture for Examiner.com.

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