Good Buys Fare Well; Abecedarian Rhyme with Little Reason.

Keyboard Stand R100; Slide Projector R50; 3XDeodorant R15; CDs  Helmut Lotti, Tschaikowsky Piano Concerto 1 & 1812, The Drifters ‘True Love’ R5 each; total R180 ($12.80).

As good buys at our local flea market last weekend before the goodbyes that followed, I found the loot pictured above. The most expensive item was the keyboard stand for my second keyboard and towards my tutor on keyboards currently nearing completion. The slide projector was found to be in perfect working order, and as a project for Durban and Coast Horticultural Society, I now have hundreds of slides to go through from the effects of the late Vernon Rippon, a horticultural legend locally. My own projector refuses to advance slides, so this was a godsend.

GloPoWriMo 2019 Day 19

Today, I’d like to challenge you to write an abecedarian poem – a poem in which the word choice follows the words/order of the alphabet. You could write a very strict abecedarian poem, in which there are twenty-six words in alphabetical order, or you could write one in which each line begins with a word that follows the order of the alphabet.

A big challenge demands effectively finding

Great heights, in just kindred letters minding;

Never order passing; queerest rows see —

To understand very well, x your zee!

(I chose the lazy economy version. Yes, x is a dictionary verb meaning to cross out, and zee is the North American word for zed.) 

© April 2019 Colonialist

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20 Responses to Good Buys Fare Well; Abecedarian Rhyme with Little Reason.

  1. By the way did you miss out on the fleas? You really need to get to the markets early to grab those.


  2. I kept telling disperser, when we were chums, that the Yanks were ruining our language, naturally he ridiculed this statement of fact.
    I tried doing an American Crossword puzzle recently. But I got stumped when the words yo and bro were considered words,
    It’s not e zee I couldn’t be bothered trying to understand the American Way, gave it away and went read a DerrickJKnight post for comfort.


  3. Desdi says:

    I believe “zed” is the British and European misinterpretation of that final letter Z.


  4. Calmgrove says:

    Clever abecedarian offering, rhyming as well as following the brief. You might enjoy the non-rhyming, non-scanning effort I did a while back ( though some may baulk at its anti-Creationist stance…


  5. Sue W says:

    I love flea market bargains. Found a couple of my own today.
    Well done on your fabulous finds!


    • colonialist says:

      Thanks; what amazes me of late is how often I manage to fill a shopping list of specific items at them, albeit over many visits!

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      • Sue W says:

        We purchased a doll’s house complete with furniture in perfect condition, a beautiful mahogany cabinet for my son’s new house (he favours traditional). And a massive load of crockery to match a set I bought 43 years ago. Trouble is it was a job lot and I only needed half of it. I now have 26 cups and saucers! Saving the full story to tie in with one of our prompts in a couple of weeks.


        • colonialist says:

          Wow, that was amazing.


          • Sue W says:

            My son said while you’re over there, look out for a cabinet for the house. I said I’ll send you a picture. He answered with some surprise, how do you know you’ll find one? When the daughter and I walked in there I spotted the exact thing that I’d pictured in my head! Sent him a photo and he replied ‘Buy it’. It was almost spooky, I just knew it was going to be there.


  6. nrhatch says:

    Able bodied Col did eulogize
    for good homebuys . . .

    I just know little money
    nabbed old possessions

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  7. Delightful alphabet goop – that challenge is going to take a bit of work
    Great scavenger hunt items. (Sounds like a real treasure trove of slide you’ve got – must be fascinating)
    Have a hoppy Good Friday


    • colonialist says:

      These things look easy indeed — when done!
      The scavenging certainly led to bargains, and I hope the large boxes of slides carted across make them worth the effort.
      And an excellent Easter to you, too!

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