Question marks… Abundant, repetitive, enveloping Try to push them aside But they demand, scream… cry Living in the question marks… messy, uncomfortable, restless rarely brings answers never brings acceptance Periods… Stop movement, end a thought. Or a life. So final. Always an ending. Never a beginning. Living in the periods… emphasizes the end, the loss feels like despair stops processes of healing Commas… Suggest more, an orderly connection From this place to another, A pause for breath Before moving on, moving forward Living in the commas… recognizes possibilities signals more to come evokes hopefulness Exclamation marks… Denote strong emotion Not always positive- anger, yelling But also wonder, amazement, Joy, excitement, admiration Living in the exclamation marks… recaptures the wonder of a life, of living, of knowing the Creator of life who never ceases to give cause for wonder, for thankfulness His mercies are new every morning!