! . ?

by Max Bouillet

I am! (birth)
I am. (life)
I am? (death)

I am a constant --only the punctuation changes.
I am trapped between an exclamation point
and a question mark,
searching for an infinite ellipsis...

By the way,
this is a lie and everyone's laughing at you.


Author's Note: Ha! Ha. Ha?

Posted on 12/01/2003
Copyright © 2020 Max Bouillet

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Philippa Jane on 12/01/03 at 09:24 AM

An intriguing thought.. but not overdone and beaten to death. Very interesting - I really like this piece.

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 12/01/03 at 12:37 PM

So the cynic states! Thought provoking as usual. :) But there is a Reality which does away with punctuation. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life! Birth, life, death become a seamless robe in His hands.

Posted by Kate Demeree on 12/01/03 at 03:10 PM

I love this.. it is very well done. There is depth yet humor in it. This part could be a poem all on it's own "I am a constant --only the punctuation changes. I am trapped between an exclamation point and a question mark, searching for an infinite ellipsis…"

Posted by Mara Meade on 12/01/03 at 08:12 PM

Heh heh... and even better when we laugh at ourselves! Max, this is great.

Posted by Maryellen Lebeda-Parra on 12/01/03 at 10:59 PM

poetic word problems ... yummy!

Posted by Jeanne Marie Hoffman on 12/02/03 at 01:43 AM

And of course life is also peppered with at-signs, pound signs, dollar signs and percents as well! (@#$%!!!) Kidding-- extremely creative approach to life. Hopefully we will all make a slow progression from the ! to the ?

Posted by Karl Waldbauer on 12/02/03 at 05:07 AM

And the Wheel of Life keeps turning, doesn't it, Max? Wonderful work!

Posted by Michele Schottelkorb on 12/02/03 at 07:18 AM

good form, matey, good form... ::shakes head::... i sure hope you get spotlighted soon, all the world needs to read your words... excellent, as usual... blessings...

Posted by Ashok Sharda on 12/02/03 at 04:03 PM

Well, those punctuation marks speaks a lot. Who I am ? basically is a nonsensical question. Since I am is only real when I AM. I AM with a full stop is a complete answer.

Posted by Rachelle Howe on 12/03/03 at 03:45 AM

ROFLMAO. *chuckling all the way down.* man. okay. this owns. like, seriously, and i think that i shall pass you my goddess scepter, and like, uh, dub you Sir Laugh At The World A Lot. O.o no, wait. that doesn't quite suite. I WILL COME UP WITH SOMETHING, MARK! MY. WORDS?

Posted by Marjorie Anne Reagan on 12/05/03 at 06:30 PM

OHHHHHHHHHHHHHH MYYYYYYYYYYY GOODNESSSSSSSSS I thought I was about to be busted for lack of any kind of punctuation and other assorted Fox paws in my poetry when I read the title. This is so great!?. I adore it_ I think I like the fill in the blank approach the best! LOL:-)

Posted by Vimal Rony on 12/05/03 at 07:29 PM

I am in awe with the way u have pulled this one out of ur poetic hat.A truly magical piece,Max.

Posted by Aaron Blair on 12/11/03 at 04:44 AM

I couldn't exactly say why I'm amused, but I'll go with it.

Posted by Lindsay Sanders on 12/24/03 at 11:10 PM

i love this! it is oh so clever. could you be anymore brilliant?

Posted by Bethany Lee on 12/25/03 at 02:38 PM

I loved this, all the way until the last line...it ruined it for me. i was elated reading about the ellipsis, and question marks. The first part with the "I Am"s was very relative to what life is. and then i'm smacked in the face at the end. perhaps that is what you were going for, you poetical genius, you. but as a reader, i'd much prefer the read without the last remark. Happy Holidays!!

Posted by Amanda J Cobb on 06/16/04 at 07:46 PM

Heh. Indeed. Punctuation can be used subtly or blaringly, and I think you've found a very happy medium here that is almost as telling as the words you choose. And of course, your message is brilliant. We expect nothing less at this point, you know. ;) Really, this is very well-done. Can't believe it took me this long to read this!

Posted by Charlie Morgan on 11/15/05 at 04:54 PM

...maaaaax, you tricked me!!! here i's believin' you and man the ground slapped me hard when you pulled the rug out from under me with the last couple of lines[loved it!]...like everybody in the western hemisphere who's commented...by jove you've got...peace, chaz

Posted by Elizabeth Jill on 12/10/05 at 06:21 AM

YOU aRe (((FUEL))) [ampersand] and [dash] pause [apostrophe] e le v a t i n g uS aLL! Love this [exclamation point] [ibid all oF tHe above] Max Bouillet! :) —Jill

Posted by Glenn Currier on 01/15/06 at 06:46 AM

You are so...,,,!!! er... puncturated bewteen the crooked columns of life's rediculous predicament.

Posted by Maria Terezia Ferencz on 08/31/06 at 08:47 AM

I am! (birth) U r ($) I am. (life) U R ($) I am? (death) U R ($) billed for all of it 2 and yes everyone is laughing.....great poem how'd I miss it?

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