An Ode To Nothing (on white) by Xavier Russo

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Can nothing be an important concept in itself?

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 )


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  • Anne van Alkemade
    Anne van Alkemadeabout 7 years ago

    So well done. At first I thought the first letters were going to spell out something naughty (until I got to ‘C’) ;o)
    Kept me guessing until ‘Z’/

  • GraemesDesigns
    GraemesDesignsabout 7 years ago

    Very clever – I’m not normally one for reading poetry, but this appeals to my warped sense of humour greatly.

  • Paul Louis Villani
    Paul Louis Vil...about 7 years ago

    Not an easy thing to do yet done so well!
    Wonderful work Xavier! :D

  • Matthew Stewart
    Matthew Stewartalmost 7 years ago

    Fantastic work, one of the best poems I’ve read in a very long time.

  • LindaR
    LindaRover 3 years ago

    brill ~ and beautifully scripted ~ xx

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