Ann Hermes/The Christian Science Monitor
No exclamation points
in short stories, the teacher says.
They’ve been over-used and the reservoir is empty.
When exclamation points rain from the sky
then we can use them.
But until then: Help. Run. Fire.
Perhaps this is why
it’s so hard to convey
of an acceptance letter.
Something is lost in
Wow. They’re publishing my book.