A to Z Challenge – X is for … X

April 28, 2015 at 12:05 am | Posted in A-Z Blogging Challenge 2015, Poetry | 7 Comments
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A2Z-BADGE [2015] - Life is Good

This was a harder one to do – as everyone who has been participating in the Challenge undoubtedly knows. I went for the letter X. Here is my contribution:

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X is for … X

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I don’t speak of the X that shows buried treasure,

nor the X that you need for a mathematical measure.

Not the X that meant 10 to the Romans of old,

but the X that is used in the words that we’re told.

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Now inside of a word, the X glides along well, So

you can pay off your taxes, chop wood with your axes,

call your child Alexander or even Alexis.

But an X starting a word can cause linguistic hell.

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You may begin a word with the letter X, but the sound just isn’t right!

You don’t play an Ecks-ylophone – it should start with a Z!

There are scientific names all sorts of things –

Xenon and Xanthic, Xylum and Xerography –

and I’d rather be a Xenophile than a Xenophobe.

But wouldn’t they be easier to read and to speak – if they began with a Z?

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So if I had a say I’d take that darned X away

from the start of a word where it looks quite absurd,

and I’d replace it instead with the sound of a Zed,

so our tongues wouldn’t struggle with the X or Z puzzle!

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(c) Linda Visman

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