My father has parenthesis
on either side of his mouth.
His new words
live inside his old words.
And there's a strange semicolon
birthmark on my neck--
what does it mean,
my sentence is incomplete?

live with me in the open slope
of a question mark.
Don't answer it!
Curl up in a comma
that says more, and more, and more . . .
By Naomi Shihab Nye