‘Who Needs QU?’ and Other Poetry by Raymond Gallucci The Society February 26, 2019 Beauty, Culture, Humor, Poetry 3 Comments Who Needs QU? It’s time to retire Q-U. K-W’s logical choice. What’s Q do that K cannot do? And U’s vowel that has its own voice. Inkwire why bother with this, A kwest to our language refine? It skweeze’s down alphabet’s list And generates kwaint little rhyme. Purple Reign* See “Tyrian Purple” From ancient Phoenicia where sailing was born Came dye made from Murex by royalty worn. Through Mediterranean widely was shipped From Tyre on vessels Phoenicians equipped. In fact “Land of Purple” Phoenicia means, Such wealth from secretion of sea snail marine. Till Constantinople was sacked by Crusade, This “Tyrian purple” their kings all displayed. It magically brightened with wear in the sun, Was cherished from Carthage to Byzantium. And though modern chemical formula’s known, Unable today to commercially clone. * With apologies to Prince. Greece Fleece (102618, written at Delphi) The Delphic Oracle spoke, “You soon will be going broke If one more Euro you spend On souvenirs by the end. “But let that not stop you now Of proving to us just how Enthralled by Greece you have been. Right here your charge card slide in!” Raymond Gallucci is a retired Professional Engineer who has been writing poetry since 1990. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 3 Responses Clifton B Anderson March 3, 2019 The English alphabet & language are strange indeed. It’s full of fossil letters and other inconsistencies. What, for instance, does the letter “C” do that can’t be done by “K” or “S” (except to form consonant clusters such as “ch” (as in “church”) or to create an “sh” sound from “ci” (as in “facial”)? Reply P.T. O'Talryn March 3, 2019 Ah! No! Leave me my Q! Leave me my C, my combinant U; A kwest cannot be a K-W thing Only Q-U quests can find the right ring. Reply C.B. Anderson March 4, 2019 P.T., Your rekwest is rather kweer, As you shall kwickly learn: After your kwota of beer, For good ale you will kwietly yearn. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.