“The Farmer’s Life”
via Futility Closet by Greg Ross on 2/19/09
The farmer leads no E Z life;
The C D sows will rot;
And when at E V rests from strife
His bones all A K lot.
In D D has to struggle hard
To E K living out:
If I C frosts do not retard
His crops there'll B A drought.
The hired L P has to pay
Are awful A Z, too;
They C K rest when he's away,
Nor N E work will do.
Both N Z can not make to meet,
And then for A D takes
Some boarders who so R T eat
& E no money makes.
Of little U C finds this life;
Sick in old A G lies.
The debts he O Z leaves his wife.
And then in P C dies.
– Anonymous, The Indiana School Journal, August 1886
I had written something on the same lines:
Allergy in the Letters of the English Alphabet
September 4th, 2007
Feeling rather down tod-A
My ear looks as if it was stung by a B
Out of my right eye I can hardly C
Normally my health is robust and har-D
Health issues don't normally trouble m-E
Today, though, I feel blind and d-F
All because of this aller-G
Which, in Africa, I seemed to c-H
Sometimes it's itching of the I
My mood is just as blue as a J
My spirits on the floor along with the par-K
This allergy seems to have come from L
With sneezing, and lots of phl-M
I wish the doctor would tell me wh-N
I will be myself again! O,
That I could be bright once more, and hap-P
The doc would get a big than-Q
If I could keep from sneezing for 30 minutes...or an R
That would make me happy,I conf-S.
I would behave with sani-T
Instead of hiding from people's v-U
As I scratch and look comtase and hea-V
(Hmm..I don't know how to write the W
In my literary muscles I don't have fl-X!)
I feel so dull..I wonder Y
I have to struggle with this aller-Z...
(Oh, do you pronounce Z as Z?
OK, there's that pronounciation, instead!)
I like word-play...and letter-play, too! :)