Life Sentence
or a Punctuated Relationship Pondered

(You and Me) in parenthesis
A parenthetical aside to a
Sentence already in progress.
Subject – Verb – Object
we are inserted:
an etraneous clause which seeks
to qualify, inform, illuminate.

(You and Me)
As defined by the O.E.D.
“a passage introduced into a context
with which it has no connections;
a digression.”

(You and Me)
Within these convex lines
embraced by these peculiar marks
of punctuation
we dare
to supplant the logic
of the stream of thought
in which we reside.

(You and Me)
Will we survive the Editor’s pen?
Or be sacrificed
for the sake of brevity,
for simplicity of structure?

You and Me
perhaps one day, a Sentence will be.
Or, freed of our parenthesis
will become, alas, a footnote.


Doreen Treacy has been writing poetry–or more honestly it has been writing her–since she could form words with a crayon. (Ask her mother. She still has the homemade cards to prove it.) Her poetry converses with life’s inflection points and even she’s not quite sure whether her inner mystic or inner 6 year old will be the first to speak when she puts pen to paper. She welcomes them both.

Sally Deskins is an artist and writer focusing on perspectives of women including her own. She’s been published internationally and exhibited nationally and has curated several exhibitions and books.