The semicolon gives equal weight to the clause before and the one after. For serial listing comma lovers, it’s a hiccup in between. I don’t mind using semicolons; however, I’ve been told I do so incorrectly.
That one clause, remember it? A pause for punctuation? The moment stretched into years. That time he emptied his closet?
An independent clause of 15 years. Semicolon. Another independent clause?
The list of reasons he gave: I don’t want to be married anymore; I don’t want to be married anymore; I don’t want to be married anymore.
That’s not a list. And this isn’t an indepence equal to the one before. No semicolon necessary.
Except here: the eyes seeing me crease with love smiles; large hands touch me as if I am holy and precious; the woodpile will last for many, many winters.