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

A beautiful language

almost like a song

letters and accents

sounds short, some long

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this old tribal tongue

I looked hard didn’t see

the Q is missing

oh woe, woe is me

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quite lost without questions

as are kings without Queens

kids never Quiet or Quick

a Quandary I can’t see

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I’ll manage without Quakes

but Quiche a sad day

cold nights without Quilt

no Quails fly away

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scribe’s Quill never broken

duck’s Quack you won’t hear

author never to be Quoted

Quinine Quashed dear , oh dear

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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

 

Nothing #atozchallenge #poetry #photography

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There is a place called “nothing”

devoid of space and time

I guarantee it’s real

Represents a frame of mind

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“Nothing” you might say is empty

Some might say it’s flat

A question merely lingers

“Nothing”- where is that?

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Could nothing be a place

A place where you are not

People point and gawk

For some – it is their lot

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Many say its fiction

Others say it’s fact

Sadly, I have lived there

Never wanting  to go back

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I pulled this poem from my 2010 archives. I tried in the style of Dr. Seuss to use simple rhyme and rhythm to make  astute  and silly observation.

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“It was at that age
that poetry came in search of me.” 
― Pablo Neruda,

Neologism
A newly coined word. Lewis Carroll’s “Jabberwocky” is filled with them, including “slithy” and “gimble.”

A2Z-BADGE-000 [2014]

Profound #learning #poetry


 

I found a word

hanging around

it was flat,  unimpressive

laying on the ground

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I wanted to ask

“hey you over there”

but I could tell it was awkward

I tried not to stare

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What was I thinking

it’s only a word

to think it has feeling

isn’t that absurd?

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But as I leaned over

to give it a nudge

it came to its senses

wasn’t about to budge

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“You must understand”

it said clearly to me

“I’m packed full of meaning

have a try you’ll see”

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We had conversation

time just flew

wouldn’t you know

I learned a thing or two

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So next time you come

upon a word unaware

look for its meaning

take time and share

 

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