What rift is this, oh lovers?

What squabble tore one from the other?

What bold whistle in the dark

Changed your trust to a question mark?


Fear not, oh lovers, close at hand,

The intervening ampersand,

Knows your hearts aspire to mend

So whispers words you comprehend.


Your dissonance dissolves, for now

You see the split not as a row,

Instead a paradox that unites —

For threat of loss, re-excites.



“Paradox” ©2018 Nancy Upper

Ampersand designed by Eli Castellanos in 2010 for Font Aid IV: Coming Together, a collaborative font created by the Society of Typographic Afficionados (SOTA) to benefit victims of the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti.




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