A Primer of the Daily Round

April 19, 2012 § Leave a comment

A peels an apple, while B kneels to God,
C telephones to D, who has a hand
On E’s knee, F coughs, G turns up the sod
For H’s grave, I do not understand
But J is bringing one clay pigeon down
While K brings down a nightstick on L’s head,
And M takes mustard, N drives into town,
O goes to bed with P, and Q drops dead,
R lies to S, but happens to be heard
By T, who tells U not to fire V
For having to give W the word
That X is now deceiving Y with Z,
  Who happens just now to remember A
  Peeling an apple somewhere far away.

– Howard Nemerov

Unlike bpNichol’s alphabet, this one goes full-circle. A’s innocuous start turns into O and P’s O.P.P. and X Y Z’s geometry of fibs before the latter letter reflects back on A’s innocence. Though more street than Sesame, the alliteration sprinkled throughout (M’s mustard, F’s cawff) lends a playful touch.


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