Howard Nemerov

(29 February 1920 – 5 July 1991 / New York City, New York)

A Primer of the Daily Round Poem by Howard Nemerov


A peels an apple, while B kneels to God,
C telephones to D, who has a hand
On E’s knee, F coughs, G turns up the sod
For H’s grave, I do not understand
But J is bringing one clay pigeon down
While K brings down a nightstick on L’s head,
And M takes mustard, N drives to town,
O goes to bed with P, and Q drops dead,
R lies to S, but happens to be heard
By T, who tells U not to fire V
For having to give W the word
That X is now deceiving Y with Z,
Who happens, just now to remember A
Peeling an apple somewhere far away.

Submitted: Thursday, May 03, 2012

Form: Abecedarian


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