Ode to the Ellipsis
Packed with mystery and joie de vivre.
Known more by its generic name,
dot dot dot
yada yada yada.
You know what comes next.
It could also mean
None of us
know what comes next.
What if the Gospels had ended with
Or a death date on a tombstone?
Or your name on your birth certificate?
It is a writer’s lazy go-to
When it is time to change the subject or
Just find an ending. Somehow.
It could also be pregnant
With the next bold story or
Just the old story we have heard
At least three dots worth of time.
I use for all those purposes and more.
I use it when I want to break the grammar rules.
Being a rule-breaker
Means the colors are more important
Than the lines.
I use the ellipsis when I want you
To have a hand-hold to grasp like
a free climber on an impossibly steep ledge
So that you can arrive at the summit
Where the view is worth it…
Or when we both know
That the ending is completely and utterly
In our hands…