A Parallel Love Letter to Grammar
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.
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
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.
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.