An Ode to the Alphabet

I love to write. So, in an attempt to show my appreciation for the mechanism which allows me to do so, I’ve decided to write an ode to the alphabet to commemorate its wonder and glory!
Enjoy : )

An Ode to the Letter “A”

A picture says a thousand words

At least that’s what they say

Although they can’t describe a thing

As well as the letter “A”

“A” means that there’s others

As if there’s two or three

And if there was just only one

“A” would become “the”

An Ode to the Letter “B”

Behold! A letter that can be

Better than numbers one and three

Because it sits quite neighborly

Between it’s buddies A & C

Boldly standing faithfully

Barely used the same you see

Bugs will spell it differently

But one less E and then it’s be

An Ode to the Letter “C”

Can you guess what letters next

Clocking in at number three?

Careful how you use it now

‘Cause it confuses frequently

Certain times it’s overlooked, like

Chief – the “I” before the “E”

Can’t use “I” that same way though when

Coming after “C”

An Ode to the Letter “D”

Dare I try letter four

Daunting as it may be?

Duly note this verse might prove as

Drab and dull as me

Don’t say there’s other letters of such

Deep complexity

Desire to speak in a past tense?

Dread not! Just add a “D”

And Ode to the Letter “E”

Ere I forget I said I’d commit

Ever mindful I shall be, and

Execute my promise to tag

Edmondson, elegant as can be

Eyes like skies, beauty refined

Ergo there’s so much more to see

Especially works of love and grace

Even acts of charity

An Ode to the Letter “F”

Finally a letter without a long E

For those are easy to rhyme

Frankly it’s fun to come up with a pun

Fresh from out of the mind

Forever I wonder, over and under

From bottom to top, all the time

For a bold new way to come out and say

F this…but with no moral fine

An Ode to the Letter “G”

Goodness gracious, golly G!

Gifted writers inspire me

Gernsback, Goddard, de Graffigny

Grouped in glory’s category

Guiding words with paper and pen

Grandeur achieved by all of them

God bestowed them minds of gold

Goals to emulate when I’m old

An Ode to the Letter “H”

Heavens hopeful, but all should know

Hell awaits for heathens below

Havoc, hatred, halls of stones

Heated seats on hopeless thrones

Helping mortals foster love

Hoping for the gates above

Hearts are kind for constant fear

Horror and nightmare might be near

An Ode to the Letter “I”

I love the vowels for how they serve

In bridging letters, creating words

Insanity comes, ’cause if not for them

Illegible messes that none comprehend

Idle time attempting to read

It’s pointless were it not for these

Irked by consonants, throw in the towel

If you want a word…just buy a vowel

An Ode to the Letter “J”

Jack and Jill went up the hill

Jogging straight up and down

Joking and playing, having a thrill

Joy till he broke his crown

Jumping in fear, Jill looked around

Jolting across the way

Jeering, she returned and scooped him up

Jill’s stick was shaped like a J

An Ode to the Letter “K”

Knobbed in darkness, twisted wood

Knuckled as can be

Kinks and dead spots all around

Knotted is the tree

Kindling yes, our God will need, as its

Key for making day

Kind, He brightens nights with knights by simply adding


An Ode to the Letter “L”

Little, little, did I know

L is oh so great

Like the time I drank that wine and

Lulled a pretty mate

Lords and ladies, boys and girls

Like all, must pay the well

Lay respect to that which lets us

Love – the letter “L”

An Ode to the Letter “M”

Middle of the alphabet

Molded like a gem

Most will say there’s nothing worth

More than Letter “M”

Maybe M hates W

Malice with a frown

Mercilessly mocked by him when

M is upside down

An Ode to the Letter “N”

Naughty naughty little N

Never helping me

Nothing useful ever comes from


No and never, none and nor

N is oh so rude

Neighbors M and O must want to

Nix that attitude

An Ode to the Letter “O”

Over, under, bottom, top

Odes to letters never stop

On the day I get to Z

Old and wrinkled, I may be

Or young and youthful, hopefully

Only time will tell, you see

Our lives are short, we need to grind

Otherwise we’re wasting time

An Ode to the Letter “P”

Paper, pencil, pen and ink, in

Prose I’ve grown to speak and think

Public platforms, message boards

Poetic guide of rhythmic chords

Poems are pretty, I think it naught

Pretentious such as some have thought

Pious I shan’t think it so

Poetry shall help me grow

An Ode to the Letter “Q”

Quiet! I must concentrate

Q is hard to satiate

Quarrels make me want to quit

Quirks in words which don’t quite fit

Quorum comes when all are here

Quickly now, our quest is near

Quantify a love for two

Q is married, to the U

An Ode to the Letter “R”

Regal existence, loved from afar

Reality dictates we need Letter R

Rigid and rugged it’s straight and it’s curved

Reading is easy when Rs are preserved
Rallying troops or driving a car?

Really won’t work without Letter R

Reason without one, your point is moot

R runs the game, expect the boot

An Ode to the Letter “S”

Supposed vision we are told will

Save the world today

Sorry if I disagree

So many told to stay

Spite and harm are currently

Sawing through the way

Someday hope for peace and love

So hate will go away

An Ode to the Letter “T”

There never was a letter

That can do as much as me

Think about it really hard and

Thank me when you see

The other letters hate me

Though, because of jealousy

They say it’s not fair that I rhyme

That super easily

An Ode to the Letter “U”

Usually I’d try her number

Unfortunately my hearts asunder

Used to love her, used to hold

Useless now, attempts are cold

Until things change for now I’ll be

Under this cloak of melancholy

Urging progress, longing for more

Unable to close the heart wrenching door

An Ode to the Letter “V”

Very strong, vivaciously

Voltage high, tenaciously

Veer this verse, voraciously

Vaulting over prose you see

Violence in these words you read

Viking frame of mind have we

Vibrant in philosophy

Verbiage is our currency

An Ode to the Letter “W”

Well, here we are

Woe is me!

Winding down, finally

Wrapping up this poetry

We’re almost done, from A to Z

Writing alphabetically

Won’t be long, but wait! We’re not free

W was easy….X will not be

An Ode to the Letter “X”

X can mark the spot I see

Xanax needed this entry

Xi is Greek, it’s fourteen

Xeroxed words, all randomly

Xystus too, as I mentioned Greece

Xebecs sailing open seas

Xerosis I suffer cerebrally

Xenial X was not to me

An Ode to the Letter “Y”

You may think these odes of mine

Yawn-inducing, wastes of time

Yet I attest validity

Yes they’re written passionately

Yesterday I couldn’t show it

Younger me was not a poet

Yearn for greatness, one day bestow it

Years from now, I hope you know it

An Ode to the Letter “Z”

Zealots desired to bless my soul

Zilch is my energy left

Zoned out, these odes have taken their toll

Zoo in my mind, though ’twas deft

Zip up this project, my brain can now rest

Zero letters now lie ahead

Zephyrs now soothe me, caressing my chest

Zodiac today – time for bed

Copyright Matt Shao


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