National Punctuation Day!

I am tickled to find there exists such a thing as “National Punctuation Day”!

A competition is set to send in a short essay in three sentences, using all 13 of the following punctuation marks: apostrophe, brackets, colon, comma, dash, ellipsis, exclamation point, hyphen, parentheses, period, question mark, quotation mark, and semicolon. You may use a punctuation mark more than once. Well, I’ve missed the last National Punctuation Day which falls each year in September, but this is the kind of challenge I like so here’s my attempt – not as easy as you might think!



Today, the first of January, I woke later than normal (thanks to the obligatory countdown to midnight the previous evening), the grey light attempting to pierce the bedroom curtains giving the appearance of earlier than 7 am.  However, the clock showed it was somewhat past eleven; so much for the well-intentioned Resolution [new year’s day] Walk!  Something felt very odd – what were the forces of nature conspiring? I tweaked the curtains expecting to blink with the glare of daylight, but no:  dark, near-solid banks of cloud hung just feet above the eves of the house … reminding me of Turner’s “Dutch Boats in a Storm”, as large, fat droplets of water bounced purposefully on the window ledge.


So, as you might have guessed, that’s all I have to write about today, because nothing has changed whatsoever and dusk at 4.30 pm is upon me already!  Roll on the Summer!
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