A Poetry Sporadical of Repeating Forms

Grammaticum Vitae

by Margery Hauser

I want to change my part
of speech. It’s tire-
some being a noun or pronoun all the time.
Too limiting to be just subject or object
common or proper
and always singular.

I’d like to try being a verb, that most singular-
ly central actor in life’s sentence, predicate or part-
iciple directing the action along its proper
path, the entire
motivator of the plot, controlling subject and object
through past, present and future time.

Or maybe it’s time
to try something even more singular.
No one could object
if I took on the role of adjective, part-
ner to the noun, embellishing the entire
catalog with proper-

ly chosen descriptives. It would be improper
though to ignore the adverb. When it’s time
to give the how-when-where, I’ll add ly to the adjective’s attire
and be quite singular-
ly suited to the part.
Perhaps the most appropriate object-

ive of my grammar quest, the object
of my proper
affection, is the preposition, that part
which is most versatile, which spends its time
at the singular
task of defining relationships, tire-

lessly welding clause to cause. A last thought before I retire
from the search. The interjection is an object
of much attention and could prove to be a singular
experience if attempted in the proper
place and time.
What excitement I could impart!

So many choices, each with its singular appeal, I’ll never tire
of trying to find the perfect part, that object-
ifies my proper place in the parsing of a lifetime.

Margery Hauser is a New York City resident whose work has appeared in Little Perversities, Poetica Magazine, and other journals, both print and online. She is a former teacher of French and Humanities and a member of the Parkside Poets Writing Workshop.


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