what have we here? – solc # 23

what have we here?

b” says /b(uh)/ and “s”  says /s-s-s-s/

and “a” can say all kinds of sounds

you can blend all these letter sounds to make words you know…

and sometimes words you’ve never heard of

you can pull off the beginning sound of a word and see what’s left

(but why would you want to do that?)


you can find words that are brothers and sisters in the same family,

you can outline the shape of a word


you can use words to fill in blanks…

and you can put words together to make a sentence


do those words ring with your thoughts from inside your head?

if you know all the sounds and all the words

and even answer all the questions

                                just right


but if the words don’t make you


and remember

and laugh

or even cry

are these words speaking to you?

what have we here?

4 thoughts on “what have we here? – solc # 23

  1. My favorite string of words: “but if the words don’t make you think.” Indeed, what would be the point.

  2. Mrs. V says:

    I like how you used bold text to make powerful points pop out even more! I just finished teaching a linguistics course to pre-service teachers. This would have been a fun addition to share with the class.

  3. elsie says:

    Words are just letters if there is no thinking behind them. You have created a clever poem that makes the reader think. And isn’t that the point?

  4. Carol says:

    I really REALLY love this! My friend – the poet!

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