my stick and pokes - a (not yet finished) comma and a period.
my way too contrived meaning:
i’ve always wanted a literary/writing tattoo near my hands to remind me to keep writing and keep going no matter what. it’s a visual reminder that the process has started and i just have to keep going and finish it up before i can move onto the next thing.
the comma means that i’ve already started the sentence — the hard part of beginning is over and the process has already begun, but maybe i’m just at a tricky spot and unsure of where to go next. the comma represents a pause and it’s needed so that you don’t run out of breath. it also separates ideas so that they don’t get confused and muddled up together.
the period is the end of the sentence — the goal, the endpoint, the finish line. but the end of the sentence is not necessarily the end of the story. a period is just the end of the thought. the logical conclusion. the thing that needs to happen to let the other, deeper, more meaningful things happen next. it’s seems like the end, but it’s not. the period is not final. it encourages you to continue on to the next sentence and to start the process over so you can see what happens next.