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26 Squiggles

An abecedarian poem.

By J. Otis HaasPublished 3 months ago 1 min read
Top Story - February 2024
26 Squiggles
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Alphabet: 26 squiggles

By which my every thought

Coalesces into meaning.

Deep in the brain, the squiggles

Evoke concepts through language,

Forming all my ideas, whether

Grandly conceived or

Horrible beyond compare.

I am staggered at how

Just 26 squiggles can encompass so much

Knowledge and emotion.

Love, hate, and every

Machination of the mind

Notarized by just 26 squiggles.

Oh, how the seemingly arbitrary nature of the

Produced impulses raises

Questions about the nature of things.

Realizing this

Software drives every decision can be


Until one recognizes the

Value of the system’s adaptability.

Wernicke’s Area is said to be the place where

X marks the spot of comprehension,

Yet, how can it be that

Zero to infinity exist within just 26 squiggles?


About the Creator

J. Otis Haas

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  • Joe O’Connor2 months ago

    This is an excellent piece on the power of words and language, and done so well that it hardly feels constrained by the starting letter! “Love, hate, and every Machination of the mind” is my favourite line. Well done😊

  • Anna 2 months ago

    Congrats on Top Story!🥳

  • Annie Edwards 2 months ago

    Very well done! Congrats on the top story and challenge win :)

  • Tracy Kreuzburg 2 months ago

    I love that you refer to the alphabet as software. Congrats!

  • D.K. Shepard2 months ago

    Back again to say congrats!! Very well deserved!

  • Test3 months ago

    Great going! Keep up the fantastic effort—congratulations!

  • I remember reading an abridged Tarzan novel when I was in elementary school that referred to the alphabet as "weird little bugs." I just think it's neat what we call letters without calling them letters.

  • D.K. Shepard3 months ago

    This was such a great piece! Loved lots of lines, but the last was my favorite!

  • Babs Iverson3 months ago

    Marvelous!@! Congratulations on Top Story!!!♥️♥️💕

  • Gerard DiLeo3 months ago

    Very nice and so adherent to just one concept. Not a wasted word. Well done.

  • Suze Kay3 months ago

    Ah this is so cool! I love how this poem embraces its structure so fully. And also elevates it; making me love and ponder the same mysteries that you’re describing. It’s rare that I find philosophical wanderings more beautiful than frustrating - and you’ve done it!

  • Kendall Defoe 3 months ago

    Very damn clever!

  • Andrea Corwin 3 months ago

    Cool!! I loved it!

  • Kenny Penn3 months ago

    Cleverly done J. I really enjoyed the repetition you had here, bringing us back to the overall theme. I think my favorite line was "Love, hate, and every Machination of the mind Notarized by just 26 squiggles." Great stuff!

  • Toby Heward3 months ago

    Great work here

  • Joe Patterson3 months ago


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