Mmm, Mmm. Good.

M is the camel of letters
recognizable for its two humps.
Without them both, M would be N,
as in neasles,
conputer,
and nunps.

M comfortably takes on the task
of being the milestone
halfway on the road
through Alphabetowne
‘tween A’s aura and the Z-zone.

And though M sounds like
M starts with an e
eh-hem
that isn’t the case.

M is his own man:
A pivotal camel shaped pal
Midway through the race.

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DON’T LOOK CLOSE:  Look far.  And you May just see an M in this iMage from
the Mellow Mushroom, Oak Street, New Orleans.  YuMM.

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makE no mistakE

A-I-O and-U agree
in their eternal love for E,
that vitamin that helps the vowels
sound like who they be.

When a mat needs a mate
or a lobe comes from a lob,
when the slim become slime
that’s ol’ E on the job.

Who can make a rat rate?
can make a shin shine?
can make a hug huge?
or make a fin fine?

E looks like an afterthought
tacked there on the tail
but without E on occasion
the vowels self-esteem might fail.

So when tin must be a tine
When a lug must luge
When a pin need be pine
just one letter will do.

EvidEncE – Except in baseball, Es are tremendously helpful.

O. bOy

To be like
the letter O,
around and around
you must go.

pano_shore

Turn all day
but corners resist,
like a gyroscope-dreidel-top
let spinning persist.

pano_palace

Then when a donut
Is in your looking glass –
Holey Hula-hoop, you’ve made it! –
You’re an O at last.

pano_thatch

Pan-O-Ramas, from Top:
The Boardwalk, Ocean City, NJ ;
The Palace Theater, Albany, NY ;
John Boyd Thatcher State Park ; Voorheesville, NY ;
Photos: PaC

Hhhooray!

H is a letter that sounds like a word
spelled a-t-c-h-e,
that looks like one rung on the alphabet ladder
that stretches from A to Z.

H can give a lift
even when h is small,
and resembles
a ladderback chair,

So when H appears
Instead of “Ho-hum,”
Think,
“A humble helping hero is here!”

JOY OF X

It marks the spot
From the last it is third
But for x-ray
It starts almost no words.

Expunges
Expires
Examines
Extolls

Elixir, a mixer
Ex post facto.

In both cases it looks the same
Like Cousin C
It’s a cross only not straight up
Like Cousin T.

Explaining
Exerting
Expatriating

Extant, exacting
Exasperating

There’s no alphabet king
No one “Letter Rex”
But in Alphabetowne
There’s no one quite like X

POOR U

Whenever you’re feeling
unsure what to do

Then you know what it’s like
every day to be U

Who starts out one way
then turns ‘round halfway through,

no letter’s less decisive
or, maybe, more confused.

Perhaps U’s resemblance
to a horseshoe

Dragged U through the mud
so U’s ego got bruised.

And if U didn’t have
spare ego to lose,

Then U probably grew sheepish.
Imagine, wouldn’t you?

So if one day self-doubt
jams you up with the blues,

Think how hard it would be
if your mirror showed U.

great Separator

S appears crooked
but it’s a straight line
that separates many and one:

The tall fence between
a taste and a lot
of cookies or pieces of gum.

Take a singular thing,
tack to it one S,
and instantly there is more of it ;

That’s how this two-turned
pluralizer divides
with skill that most barriers covet.

(Drawing: PaC)

(Drawing: PaC)

letter perfeCt

Coelacanth
scimitar
sconce and crèche
are words in which you can see

A flexible fungible
letter with moxie,
the magical malleable
letter C.

It’s silent it’s loud
it’s subtle it’s proud
it comes after A and B,

Coy crazy clandestine
Cantankerous cirrus
The bendable mendable
letter C.

A coelacanth is a famous fish from the Indian Ocean, which borders on Asia — where curved swords called scimitars were created.

UNBE-C-ABLE: Coelacanths are famous fish from the Indian Ocean, which borders on Asia, where curved swords called scimitars were created. (Illustration by PaC)