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Let’s build ampersandcastles
on a moat that’s made of words
with turrets turning clauses
where the arrowslits are heard

and a drawbridge joining predicates
from subjects made of stone
that punctuate the pillars
of the stories we call “home.”

Being Tense

That which she was
she can no longer be,
despite all that she had been,
and the perfect future
that she once would have had
has gone now that she is after past.
Regardless of this imperfect present,
she will continue to be
in our hearts for who she was
and always could have been
but tragically is no more.

Track Changes

I will unpack your eleven-line sentences.

I will help rearrange the commas you seemed to have scattered heedlessly throughout the text.

I will use the comment bubbles to ask if you think you should consider choosing a different word to be more accurate. (Note: that means you definitely need to find a different word.)

I will gladly accept a set fee per essay reviewed.

I will let you know when you are forgetting to add articles before your nouns.

I will try to gently guide you away from saying that the biggest financial problem the global economy faces is too much power being given to individual workers.

I will introduce you to gerunds and participles.

I will tell you to not capitalize that. Or that.

I will watch my computer’s upper-right clock tick over a couple of minutes before going on to the next sentence.

I will ask for you to clarify.

But when you say that you are applying to a higher education program because you want to “further level-up my abilities,” I won’t interfere. No admission officer can deny the honest purity behind such a statement.