Grammatical Errors

Several readers of these poems

have pointed out ( last night

my friend David he doesn’t like

poems very much but he reads

these and does like some) and two other

people several readers  mentioned

so that I would know

that I have made some

grammatical errors the last few months,

not  severe but still.

Once the subject and predicate

did not agree.  My best English teacher ever

was in grammar school. She’d been

a grammar school classmate herself

with my father. Her name was Mary C. Lane.

The C. was never revealed even though

I asked her to tell me, as a high school

graduation gift. She said no.

She came because she knew

all of us from our fifth grade sentences.

“Grammar,” she said once, “is as important

as words.”  I didn’t know what she meant,

but I wrote it down.

Esther Cohen
Let me tell you why I'm here, and why I hope you'll join me. I am here to poem, to play with words, to tell stories when I can, and to ask you for yours. Words are what I love, how I see, and what I say. Words are how I know my life, and how I find my friends. I'm here to ask you to join me. Right here. To send me your stories, and your poems. And to read mine when you can.

5 Comments

  1. Perhaps grammar is important –But much less so that the creative spark!I love what you write and when I see your name,
    I look forward to reading what you have written!! A++ I am a poet, too!

  2. Grammar don’t count when you have a poetic license. I had a mean English teacher, Mrs. Wepner, in junior high who made all of us write the words of the Star Spangled Banner, as we remembered them. It came out as the mangled national anthem, since everyone one of us made mistakes. She always purposely mispronounced my name, so I decided she was anti-Semitic. She probably rooted for the Yankees as well.

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