Monday, April 30, 2012

Z is for Zebra, Zero, Zed, Zzz

In the A to Z Challenge, we are writing about something to go with each 
letter of the alphabet, one letter a day through the month of April.  
Today we're on the letter Z.  How sad!  We are at the end!  But I'll still be here.
My theme is poetry for ages 4 to 104.  In addition to writing at least one poem, I'm also incorporating a Tagxedo image with a font having the same letter, and the Tagxedo theme beginning with the same letter.  It isn't so easy with these last letters, so sometimes I have to get creative with where the letter is found!
You can check out my other posts listed on the side.  Then head on over to check out those of other writers by clicking on the top tab "A to Z Participants"!

I said at the beginning that as the rate I was going, I might have 26 poems for Z.  Fortunately, I don't!  I do have 5 though.  And that's quite enough for today!
Does anyone have a suggestion as to how I might put these together into a book? I'd like to do that, and maybe add some extras for some of the letters, or just edit it down to just one per letter.  Any ideas on which way is best?  Suggestions?  Encouragements?  H-h-e-l-p?

Font: Zapf Dingbats
Taxgedo Theme: White on Black - which seemed better than the Zing theme I could 
have used that was a greenish and yellowy theme.  No, not right for zebra.
Poetry Style: ZaniLa Rhyme
The ZaniLa Rhyme, a form created by Laura Lamarca. The rhyme scheme is abcb
with a syllable count of 9/7/9/9. Line 3 contains an internal rhyme and is repeated in 
each odd numbered stanza. Even stanzas contain the same line but reverse the 
internal rhyme.  It has a minimum of 3 stanzas. 
Zebra Stripes 

Zebra on the plain with stripes of white
Stripes so light against the dark
White and then black, lined up front to back
Your fashion is so formal and stark.

Zebra on the plain with your black stripes
Your stripes clearly meant to show,
Lined up front to back, white and then black
Repeating stripes march row after row.

Which do you have white stripes or black?
Alternating colors flash
White and then black, lined up front to back;
At least your two colors do not clash!
© 2012, Donna JT Smith 

Learn about zebras here. 

You're my hero

You make little numbers big

And the bigger numbers small

Depending on which side

Of the deciwall

You fall. 
© 2012, Donna JT Smith 

Zip zap zing
Who says z's are not the thing
To make a poem sing?
Zombie, zilch, zits
These are just the pits,
But zooming, zesty, zealous
make plainer words
Quite jealous.
And then you always have
The z that's in the middle
Wizard, lizard, drizzle.
Pizza, razzed and fizzle
And if that's not enough, friend
You have them at the end then
Like whiz and fizz and jazz
Which give this poetic spaz
 Some dazzling razzmatazz! 
 © 2012, Donna JT Smith

is in my head

And I cannot deny it

Z will always be

The sizzle when I fry it. 
© 2012, Donna JT Smith  
Catching a fewZZZZzzZZzzzz
Clutch, net
Glean, get
Harvest, nab
Gather, grab
Land, snap
Gain, trap
Snag, swoop
Snare, scoop
Hold, seize
Pluck, tweeze
Collect, snatch
Corral, catch-ing Zzzzzz’s

© 2012, Donna JT Smith
And zis is zee end until negzt Aprilz event. 
Time to catch those z's.
I will still be blogging.  Minimum blog time: Tuesdays and Fridays. 
 Never on a Sunday, unless I wrote it ahead and scheduled it. 
Oh, but I'll read you also on May 7th, our A to Z reflection day!


  1. so awesome! love your talent & a collection of alphabetcal poetry book would be wonderful!

  2. I can't believe all the talent you have to create the lovely poems! I'll be featuring you blog in my A to Z "Best of" post on May 2. Thanks for teaching me new things!

  3. All so wonder-filled, Donna. I have seen the IMax Serengeti movie, a dream trip for sure. This little minute is so beautiful with the zebras, as is your poem. I do especially love the Zero one-terrific math poem. I will add it to my non-fiction poem group! And your last, z-z-z-z's-of course you must end with that. I have to say it's been a terrific month but I'll be glad for a break during the week! As for the book. I thought you could now publish on ITunes. Ask Apple! I'll keep looking!

  4. Well you have shown more creativity in this one post than I see on many blogs in a month of posts, I'm so glad you left a comment on my blog so I could find you, you're in my links so I'll be seeing you.

  5. I am turning m7 26 flash fiction stories into an ebook for Amazon and maybe Smashwords. It's actually pretty easy. Email me if you want to chat more about it. I've put up three under my pen name (erotica), this will be the first under my name. [my name no spaces @]

  6. I've just put you another reader closer to 50. You've put a new dimension to the way I see Z.

    Congratulations on making it through the A to Z Challenge. Join us on May 7th with your Challenge Reflections post.

    Places I Remember
    Wrote By Rote
    An A to Z Co-host blog

    1. Well, thanks Arlee! Looking forward to the Reflections post, and to the next A to Z Challenge! This has been such fun!

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  8. Who says Z is a difficult word ... you did an amazing job. And loved the zebra clip. I wonder why they have not been domisticated yet here in the U.S.

    1. Thanks! This has been an amazing month. Loved every minute of it! Is it April yet?

  9. Some great poetry here - I especially like the zero poem. Glad I found you through the a - z. I'm following you now.


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