Curtis' concern about the fading semicolon pleased me since he pointed out reasons for the gradual demise of this sophisticated punctuation mark. A few years ago I assumed it wasn't being used because youngsters weren't taught the rules for employing it; the resulting verse was thought to be a remedy.
\o7 I have explored old notes from pals to me
And quite often found the apostrophe.
Rereading love letters with their dramas
Frequently reveals the use of commas,
But after searching till eyes are swollen
I find friends don't use the semicolon.
This elusive mark for noting pauses
Is used to separate two main clauses,
But to be sure just how it functions