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The A to Z Prompts

The A to Zeds,

that were in my heads,

were all written

with little thought.

I ought to have seen

that they lacked for nought;

like the finest wine

from the vineyard bought(

or the rarest word

so fanatically sought;

but, they just wrote themselves

with the words from my brainial shelves,

so that what you got

was not a lot.



It’s not a word

that I have ever seen

spelt like that;

however, I can work out


it relates to.

And, I have heard,

that of the twelve signs,

we are all one or another one.

I’m a Stradivarius,

what are you?

You ain’t seen nothing, yet…

You have not seen anything yet,

as I’m sure it is supposed to be;

and, therefore, you are either blind from birth,

or dramatically grammatically challenged.

Anyway, great song (of its time)

and from one of Canadia’s finest:

Bryan, Celine, Maple, etc.

Xylophones are for dummies!

Xylophones, the musical sort,

are purely for begonias.

I know, that makes little sense,

but, what does, these days?

Would that I could—

Would that I could

write pure, unadulterated poetry;

but, it is beyond me.

Far, far, beyond;

over the hills

and far, far away;

and, also, not something

that I care to do.

But, I could…

if I wanted to,

but, I do not want

to float like a cloud,

compare thee to a bee,

or charge happily

into the valley of death,

That’s so old hat,

and I am not one for old hats,

and that’s the truth –

I have the attributes of youth—

okay, so I make stuff up,

that is my cup.

Where did you think that was going?

I write this, and I had no way of knowing.

Variously attributed to—

I would just like to mention,

that some of my words

have been used by other writers

and other poets

in ‘their’ works.


Would also just like to mention

them here.

My thanks must go to Alfred, Lord Tennyson

for my use of his word, ‘green’’;

to Anon for the word, ‘Gubbins’,

and to Dorothy L. Sayers

for ‘bloodline’ and ‘chivalric’.

In fact, there are only two words

in my writing

that I can lay claim to –

and one of those is ‘Badriomaku’.

Under certain circumstances—

Under African skies…

under the doctor…

Under milk wood…

Underground, overground…

Under certain circumstances

any of the above

would probably be useful;

but, not in this one.

I shall choose the opening phrase

of this work of some delicacy,

to set the scene for what follows –

if I didn’t,

what sort of fool would you take me for?


PS I missed Underfloor heating.

Taught Us!

It has four legs,

and a shell for a home;;

likes eating lettuce,

loves to roam;

goes very slowly,

but always gets there;

once had a race,

with a runner-up hare.

That story taught us

a lesson in patience.

Some do say—

Some do say,

or might say,

that night follows day;

but, in my honest opinion,

they are not right –

for day, indubitably,

follows night.

Some might say,

or do say,



am not quite right


I can neither deny

nor confirm if this is false or true –

I’ll leave the decision up to you.



Are you sure?

I ask you,

in amazement,

are you absolutely,


beyond any reasonable doubt,



Oh, well that’s okay then.

Sorry to doubt you

in the first place;

and let me just wipe any remnant

of disbelief from off of my face.

There, that looks better, doesn’t it?

It doesn’t?

Are you sure?

You are?