An Ode to Nothing by Xavier Russo

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Can nothing be an important concept in itself?

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This poem pays homage to the invention of zero as a number, in the form of a rhyming riddle. And (foolishly for my sanity) I decided to add the constraint that the first letter of each line would spell out the alphabet.

(check out the text version here )


  • peter
    peterabout 8 years ago

    You are a man of many talents Mr Russo!

  • elsh
    elshabout 8 years ago

    thankyou, thankyou very much!
    nice to hear x in tic tac toe used in sentence.
    bloody big ups mate!

  • Xavier Russo
    Xavier Russoabout 8 years ago

    Thanks mark – i tried to avoid that old cliche of using a word starting with “ex” and just removing the “e”.

  • RandomAlex
    RandomAlexabout 8 years ago

    Of course zero is an important concept. I bought a book called “Zero: the Biography of a Dangerous Idea” by Charles Seife just recently, although I haven’t read it yet, and another book I’ve got about calendars and the calculation thereof points out that the Romans didn’t have zero so they couldn’t do decimals etc… Zero is a very cool idea!

  • marieancolie
    marieancoliealmost 8 years ago

    I will read it again ….. for your language is not mine…

    In any case, it is a Beautiful idea you have had

    marie-ancolie R

  • Xavier Shay
    Xavier Shayover 7 years ago

    This just got linked up in the forums as an example of how to make poetry sellable. I hadn’t seen it before … very impressed.

  • Damian
    Damianover 7 years ago

    Nice idea with the ode, and a great idea of putting it up for sale as an image!

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