Tuesday, July 3, 2012


gave us the word

(An Acrostic)

Coiled in the bud who'd imagine
How glorious the flower would be
Radiating spikes of splendour
Yet with neat regularity
Sunshine is its partner
Autumn is its season
Nature's golden firework
The dying days the reason
Head held high in the flower-bed
Each petal bound to fall
Mortality is lurking
Unhappily. for us all.
Men and flowers all must fade;
Whether in the sun or shade.


There's a bee in my bonnet, an insistent bee,
That buzzes and buzzes constantly.
Over the years I've loudly cried
'Spelling should be simplified!'
Texting is latching-on right now,
Simplifying and showing us how
We can say the things we need
Merely with sounds that we can read.
'OUGH' need not trip the unwary!
Spelling need not be so scary.
When I think of the endless years
With learning to spell causing groans and tears!
It doesn't have to be that way!
What we see can be what we say.
I proved it in my long career
And now I reiterate it here!
Forty sounds are all we need
To write in a way that others can read.
Purists will say 'Ah, but our T.O.*
Is the only way to go.
The beauty of the Mother Tongue,
Whether read or said or sung
Must be preserved for evermore;
And you have shocked us to the core'.
But the English language has chopped and changed,
Altered and wildly rearranged;
Picked up foreign bits here and there
Over the years, with a certain flair.
It's a bastard language, refined or coarser;
Or we'd all spell the same as Chaucer!
There's so much more that I could say
But........it doesn't have to be that way!
Traditional Orthography


The Write Girl said...

I love your chrysanthemum acrostic especially the line golden fireworks. The bonnet bee is a wonderfully constructed poem about our changing english language.

Tarang Sinha said...

Beautiful acrostic indeed!:)

sam said...

Very nice! but hav u missed a 'm'.. in d poem?