Saturday, June 22, 2013

THE STATISTIC HELEN

Morphophonemics can be inspiring. This piece is on the letter H.
The statistic Helen, though intent,
wasn't born Hippolyta to befriend:
in common such a little bit,
ha'p'orth so petite,
an illiberal, bigoted detail,
provincial, greatness to belittle,
often just a voiceless glottal
and not stop —
shouldn't we just have it chopped?

Hidebound like a numerical fact
hesitation to occasion vowel double act
put to note time and again post-haste
would it have vexed also Theseus' taste?

Arisen of mid-vanity
bore yet to eternity
should this simple letter humane
make one siege Troy, or hold the mane?

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