Friends enrich me...

February 19, 2009

I am lucky in my friends, and each enriches me in different ways. Here’s one treasure from :

“The Farmer’s Life” via Futility Closet by Greg Ross on 2/19/09

The farmer leads no E Z life; The C D sows will rot; And when at E V rests from strife His bones all A K lot.

In D D has to struggle hard To E K living out: If I C frosts do not retard His crops there’ll B A drought.

The hired L P has to pay Are awful A Z, too; They C K rest when he’s away, Nor N E work will do.

Both N Z can not make to meet, And then for A D takes Some boarders who so R T eat & E no money makes.

Of little U C finds this life; Sick in old A G lies. The debts he O Z leaves his wife. And then in P C dies.

– Anonymous, The Indiana School Journal, August 1886

I had written something on the same lines:

Allergy in the Letters of the English Alphabet

    September 4th, 2007

Feeling rather down tod-A
My ear looks as if it was stung by a B
Out of my right eye I can hardly C
Normally my health is robust and har-D
Health issues don't normally trouble m-E
Today, though, I feel blind and d-F
All because of this aller-G
Which, in Africa, I seemed to c-H
Sometimes it's itching of the I
My mood is just as blue as a J
My spirits on the floor along with the par-K
This allergy seems to have come from L
With sneezing, and lots of phl-M
I wish the doctor would tell me wh-N
I will be myself again! O,
That I could be bright once more, and hap-P
The doc would get a big than-Q
If I could keep from sneezing for 30 minutes...or an R
That would make me happy,I conf-S.
I would behave with sani-T
Instead of hiding from people's v-U
As I scratch and look comtase and hea-V
(Hmm..I don't know how to write the W
In my literary muscles I don't have fl-X!)
I feel so dull..I wonder Y
I have to struggle with this aller-Z...
(Oh, do you pronounce Z as Z?
OK, there's that pronounciation, instead!)


I like word-play…and letter-play, too! :)