The Case of the Absent Q #atozchallenge #Uganda #acholi

A beautiful language

almost like a song

letters and accents

sounds short, some long


this old tribal tongue

I looked hard didn’t see

the Q is missing

oh woe, woe is me


quite lost without questions

as are kings without Queens

kids never Quiet or Quick

a Quandary I can’t see


I’ll manage without Quakes

but Quiche a sad day

cold nights without Quilt

no Quails fly away


scribe’s Quill never broken

duck’s Quack you won’t hear

author never to be Quoted

Quinine Quashed dear , oh dear


and so I end

my absent Q song

grab a letter

sing along

In the spirit of a favorite writer Doctor Seuss, I ponder the case (with little or no quantum leap) of the lost or absent “Q”

Acholi Alphabet (thanks to Acholi-Luo folk Culture blog site)


Thanks to the A to Z folks for letting me have some fun today with the letter Q


Published by moondustwriter

Thank you for visiting Moondustwriter. One of the many exciting things I've had the honor of doing is writing with an E. African team that is developing elementary curriculum for African children. As a writer, it is a thrill to help children (on all continents) who want to learn. I've been part of the blogging community for more than 10 years. Some old timers may remember the award winning (2011 Twitter Shorty ) blog community - One Stop Poetry. I was the co-producer of that fast growing blog community. I am a published writer, poet, artist and photographer. I have written, as well as edited, for periodicals, radio, blogs and fellow writers. There are many facets to this moon - thanks for stopping by.

13 thoughts on “The Case of the Absent Q #atozchallenge #Uganda #acholi

  1. Hi Leslie – sometimes it’s the only way to get through the alphabet … loved this. Languages are fascinating – I just hope their language doesn’t disappear – but at least its recorded via the Acholi-Luo Culture Folk site … wonderful and thanks for letting us know – cheers Hilary

    PS – Leslie I’m not sure if you know Nila – but I think you’ll enjoy her posts on Arabiana … this one is on language:


  2. MoonDustWriter, I have no Quarrel with your Quilled poem penned which well Qualifies for today’s letter prompt. In fact, your poem is of high Quality worthy of praise. Thanks for sharing! 😉

    Today’s Art Sketching Through the Alphabet illustration is of the Evil QUEEN from a classic children’s fairy tale.

    ~Curious as a Cathy


  3. I really appreciate your poetry and a great response to overcoming a the usual letter problems we face with the A-Z challenge. I had trouble with O. I’m travelling alphabetically around Tasmania and your husband has been following me and put me onto your blog. I am looking forward to reading more.
    xx Rowena


  4. Great poem and thanks for keeping it live with your great comments.
    We are thrilled with the fact that the absence of letter Q in our language made a wonderful invention of this beautiful poem.

    The absence of Q though doesn’t mean we lack certain pronunciation in its place, we have a combination of words that we use instead.
    E. G if we are to write Queen.. In a typical Acoli/Acholi/Luo language we can use “Kw” to represent “Q” therefore.. “Kwin”

    To set matter clear however, our language is not English, therefore it has no strick adherence to the 26 English Alphabetical letters.


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