To B


To “B”  (Letter to the Letter to B)

Oh, you’re Bad.
You Ball Bearing Bugle
of Boldface.
You Barrel-Breasted
you Bombolino
Bird of Bray!

Just look at you!  So Brassy
when in Block!
With so much Bleep
from Brow to Base–those Blatant
Buttucks– (or maybe they’re of
the Bosom Bersuasion)–
which, in our Bargaining with
Being, don’t even make
us Blink.

Though in the itty-bitty case (your
bijou brand)–you nearly bury
your bullet, bearing your bubble
as a boot or bashful beard,
braiding your boons and banes
in bismuthed ballyhoo—

Oh B,
how you do Belt out, beguile–
no matter the bull and bile–
as all the while,
you still book beats,
beak banter,
the blues–
you bestest ever



A ditty of sorts for Margaret Bednar’s prompt Play It Again, Sam on With Real Toads, where Margaret asks us to pick an archived challenge.  In this case, I am writing to Kerry’s challenge to write an open letter.  I realized on reviewing this that I’d written a letter to the letter “A” on the first go-round, so thought I’d try “B” this time. 

I was at the Metropolitan Museum last night and took pictures of various “B” things–from beards to boddhisatva–above and below.  

PS – I have a poem up over at Real Toads right now in answer to a personal challenge by Corey of Herotomost. I will probably post it here tomorrow, but if you want to see it, in advance:  Passage











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18 Comments on “To B”

  1. brian miller Says:

    nice…and not just because i start with B…ha…you found quite a few B works..a few i had to look up…bobolito (donut)…yum…ha
    the Met is def a cool place to visit as well…it was the last i went to in NYC…though i enjoy the MOMA as well…hey, and i have a beard as well…smiles.

  2. Sumana Roy Says:

    and you are “B”rilliant… 🙂

  3. Ha.. There are some bad boys among us bears, but I saw Brian beating me to that, wonderful foray and very clever use of the letter B.

  4. M Says:

    like where you took this, k ~

  5. Polly Says:

    Oooh! Tempted to try ‘To A’, ‘To B’ etc – will you go through the alphabet K? 😉

    • ManicDdaily Says:

      You should, Polly, as it would suit your wit. I don’t know that I would do them, unless I came up with different voices–or drawings–if I’d thought about it, I would have done this in a different kind of voice–one I have in mind, but it didn’t occur to me until I’d already really written it. Thanks. k.

  6. Gillena Cox Says:

    very witty i luv ” birds of bray”

    much love…

  7. hedgewitch Says:

    This is just hilarious in its, dare I say, bombastic sort of tone, which yet has a buoyant quality that keeps it light as a floating feather–and so entertaining, creative and inventive, k–if you did this without a dictionary handy, you are now the official Vocabulary Goddess. I love bismuthed, in particular–and so much more. The pics are wonderful, too.

    • ManicDdaily Says:

      Thanks. I almost took one of some very statuesque buttocks-es = of which they are many in the Met–but that seemed a little charged.

      Take care, k.

      On Mon, Feb 23, 2015 at 7:56 AM, ManicDDaily wrote:


  8. I think ‘B’ would love this and post it to the highest place of honor – the fridge -where all masterpieces go. 🙂

  9. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade) Says:

    The poem’s great fun — I would never have thought of some of those wonderful words! — and I loved seeing the photos too.

  10. gailatthefarm Says:

    Bountiful Bs with Beauty

    It was a delight to read!

  11. Mama Zen Says:

    That’s really clever, K!

    Love the pictures.

  12. Kerry O'Connor Says:

    Oh B,
    how you do Belt out, beguile–
    no matter the bull and bile–

    Excellent work, Karin. This made me smile with the sheer delight of letter play gone rather wild. Such interesting artefacts to admire too.

  13. “Brilliant” I see was already used – but I will too. I love the photos and the poem was a bit of a tongue twister for me.

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