MissUnderstood #poetry #lessons

Mis step in a comment

I wish I didn’t get

if fluffy is my heart

I’ll eat my Seuss hat

levity refreshes

kindness relieves

 there are harsh words

I think my Lord grieves

learn from a child

“grown” people rarely do

“a person’s, a person”

and that’s really true

When I was a child we were taught: “If you can’t say something nice,  don’t say anything at all.”

I’m sure we didn’t understand all the implications but I think they meant “A person can be hurt by inconsiderate words.”


Attribution for Clip Art






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


Nothing #atozchallenge #poetry #photography


There is a place called “nothing”

devoid of space and time

I guarantee it’s real

Represents a frame of mind


“Nothing” you might say is empty

Some might say it’s flat

A question merely lingers

“Nothing”- where is that?


Could nothing be a place

A place where you are not

People point and gawk

For some – it is their lot


Many say its fiction

Others say it’s fact

Sadly, I have lived there

Never wanting  to go back


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.


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

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


I wanted to ask

“hey you over there”

but I could tell it was awkward

I tried not to stare


What was I thinking

it’s only a word

to think it has feeling

isn’t that absurd?


But as I leaned over

to give it a nudge

it came to its senses

wasn’t about to budge


“You must understand”

it said clearly to me

“I’m packed full of meaning

have a try you’ll see”


We had conversation

time just flew

wouldn’t you know

I learned a thing or two


So next time you come

upon a word unaware

look for its meaning

take time and share