Thursday, March 27, 2014

28/31 Wandering Through The Alphabet


 
       It's Poetry Friday at A Year of Reading, with witty poet Mary Lee Hahn. Thanks for hosting, Mary Lee! And it's the 28th of 31 Slice of Life Challenge at Two Writing Teachers.  Thanks to Tara, Stacey, Anna, Beth, Betsy and Dana for carrying the community through this amazing month! 
                   And it's the Friday of my spring break-high time!
      In the past, I've written a few Abecendarian poems, poems that use each alphabet letter as a guide for each line or stanza. There is more about these here. Numerous ABC books do more than just follow the alphabet. There is wordplay within the letters themselves, and that fascinates me.  I'm been playing around with the letters, too, and have a poem to share.



     Alphabet Love Poem

Sometimes the letters get lonely,
waiting around for a word.
And lonely letters are sadder than sadness,
And lonely letters don’t ever get heard.

It’s a dreadful life as a letter.
But if it was mine to be,
I would carefully choose my existence,
and I wouldn’t choose L, M, N, O, or P.

I would ask the alphabet humbly,
if I could please serve as Q,
for if Q was the name of my letter,
I would be forever with U.

Linda Baie © All Rights Reserved


    Congratulations to all the poets in March Madness poetry competition, some of whom we see regularly here on Poetry Friday. I was delighted to be one of them, but did not progress, unfortunately. Round Three (the Sweet Sixteen) is about to close voting as I write this, so the Elite Eight will be sharing poems soon. Please check out Ed DiCaria's site, ThinkKidThink, read the wonderful poems and vote!

38 comments:

  1. Love that ending - "I would be forever with u!"

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  2. You are my muse for poetry! Love the wordplay here and blogging with U. I wrote an arun today.

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    1. Terrific, I like the sharing with U, too, Ramona! Thanks!

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  3. What a fun poem with the clever twist at the end. I aspire to develop a fraction of the ingeniousness you have, especially with poetry.

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    1. Thanks, Elsie. I appreciate the compliment.

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  4. Aww! What a sweet poem, Linda.
    Speaking of lonely letters, my kids thought it was funny that when I was first starting to text, pretty much the only response they got from me was "K." I didn't even manage the "O"!

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    1. It's a common response from my grandson, too, Tabatha. When I respond with a compliment, he says "K"! Thanks!

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  5. Swoon! Linda, you've captured the emotion of the alphabet in this poem. Love, love, love it! = )

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  6. Clever! You are so incredibly adventurous with poetry, Linda - and so good at it!

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    1. Thanks Tara. Fun to try some new things!

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  7. What a sweet love poem--q and u together forever. This would be a great one to share with a class on valentine's day!

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  8. love your poem, Linda. It brought a big smile to my lips. QU together forever!

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    1. Thanks BJ, always interesting what comes out when trying a few new things.

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  9. Love it Linda! Made me smile as well.

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  10. Great poem, Linda.
    Thank you for sharing it with us.
    The ending is perfect.
    I'd want to be Q too.

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    1. Thanks Joy, hope your spring is getting better & better. I suspect we both can be 'qs', don't you think?

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  11. Beautifully written! It left me with all kinds of warm feelings. :-) I will have to share this with teachers.

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    1. Thanks Alyson, so glad you enjoyed it! I imagine students would like to play with letters a bit, too.

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  12. I LOVE this poem! You nailed it!

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  13. SO cute! I just read it out loud to Cecily and it has such great rhythm and a really beautiful last line. Love it!

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    1. Thanks Melanie-fun to hear that you both enjoyed it!

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  14. This is so sweet, Linda! A poem after this Scrabble player's heart :-)

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    1. Ha! Never thought of that too, Catherine. Thanks!

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  15. Awww... so sweet. A perfect poem to whisper to a young child at bedtime.

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    1. Another kind of 'love' poem, Michelle. Thanks for thinking of that, too!

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  16. This is so very nice. I could see memorizing it. I never thought about being a letter, but, I think it might be nice to be a K. I like its shape and it's hard sound.

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    1. Might be fun to create what "all" the letters feel like, Diane. I already love what you're saying about "K". Thanks for the musing!

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  17. Wow, how did you do it? I love the last stanza, it is perfect. Poems like this make me happy when it seems to just come together.

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    1. Thanks Betsy, just playing around! Chalking is coming!

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  18. Aww, that's very sweet. I love me some alphabet love! And Q! :) Always great to read your poems Linda.

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    1. Thank you, Myra-always great to hear from you!

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