And Mrs. McGillicuddy told all her students
to never start a sentence with and.
And Henry Fowler proclaimed such a rule was superstition.
And God said, Let there be light.
But conjunctions sometimes jump rules.
But all the students graduated anyway.
Though some lost their luck to broken mirrors.
Because God created darkness. And black cats.
Joanne Lowery’s poems have appeared in many literary magazines, including Birmingham Poetry Review, Briar Cliff Review, Slant, Cottonwood, and Poetry East. Her most recent collection is Not Me from Flutter Press. She lives in Michigan.