. Matters of Class . Saying hello The modest o’s the most polite of letters; But is he facing up today or down? Each day he questions those he calls his betters In order so he knows to smile or frown. A frown, you see, becomes a charming smile When seen from an inverted point of view. And thus the o by being so versatile Will know how best to say hello to you! . Royalty The k is king of all that he surveys; His subjects bow in reverence before him. He holds them in his wise majestic gaze: These three who always follow and adore him. He leads them regally in every sentence; Obsequiously, they trail a space behind. The i and n and g are in attendance Orthography has royally designed! . Common as muck The e is quite the commonest of letters; He has no shame nor any self-respect. He mixes brazenly with all his betters: With cultured types of higher intellect. They tolerate the e because he’s useful: He fills the gaps and does the jobs they won’t. But if you ask them, and for once they’re truthful, Esteem or feel respect for him, they don’t! . . Paul Martin Freeman is an art dealer in London. The poems are from his recent book, A Chocolate Box Menagerie, published by New English Review Press.