Alan .S. Jeeves

The Four Letter Word

Select four letters in your mind

From out of six and twenty;

Half hail from a certain kind,

From consonants a plenty.

But the vowels (merely five)

You drop - except for two;

Only 'ee' and 'oh' survive

And chosen from the few.


The consonants (a score plus one)

Are difficult to pick

But 'el' and 'vee' will soldier on,

Yes! they will do the trick;

They're juxtaposed to style a word,

Familiar when translated,

The name, I think you've often heard,

Of a creature God created.


A modest word, a lucid fellow,

such a tiny soul;

An animal so softly mellow

The gentle little vole.

He roams around within his bounds

Causing no one harm;

'Mister Vole', then surely sounds

Beseeming of his charm.


But this expression can't be so...

As apt as God intended;

It's sequence, transformed long ago,

Which man has thus amended;

The word is bogus, all can tell,

And clearly God above...

Meant these characters to spell

L-O-V-E, love.







  • Goldfinch60

    May those two vowels and two consonants be forever in our lives and in that order.

    • Alan .S. Jeeves

      G'morning Andy. Thanks. Never was much good at spelin.

      Ex animo, Alan

    • orchidee

      Oohh I knows - I is atroshus at spelin and grammer too! lol.

      • Alan .S. Jeeves


        G'morning Orchi, regards Alan

        • orchidee

          its-annoying-yes?when-text-is-all-together-and-no-capitals-plus-too-many-hyphens! lol.

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        • Thoughts In Time

          I knew it at the is all and everything makes all possible holds no anger forgives is long suffering and oh so rare and gentle and found by few who do believe in it...oh how I love love ..wait upon its truth daily ...wonderful poem and clever you are to put all that together ..takes some thinking lol while reading ...šŸŒ¹

          • Alan .S. Jeeves

            Thank you for your wonderful words 'Thoughts in Time' (I was going to abbreviate, as we sometimes do, but thought better of it). It is so nice to be complimented by an Essex girl.

            Kind thoughts are with you........Alan

            • Thoughts In Time

              Lol Thankyou but Iā€™m actually a South African girl with Scottish British and Norwegian descent brought up in SA living in EssexšŸŒ¹

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            • Clara

              Alan, such a clever poem! Enjoyed reading this one, even if I did have to concentrate a little bit harder! Thanks for sharing!

              • Alan .S. Jeeves

                Sorry if I made you concentrate too much Clara, didn't mean to. Think about me having to key all the characters in before breakfast though. Once again, good to hear your views and pleased you popped in.

                Kind regards, Alan

              • Fay Slimm

                I have a Mister Love - - -( oops - I mean Vole ) in my garden and he leaves me great heaps of potting soil when he moves his home - a delightful read Alan and yes those four letters reign as King in the alphabet - - thank you for sharing the lovely thought.................. Fay

                • Alan .S. Jeeves

                  I like doing things, from time to time, which young children can easily read and follow. Some times they are used in my local schools ~ which is a great honour. I think, in this case, it helps if animals are included somewhere. Just a jumble of words Fay, unlike your own delightful way of putting things.

                  Ex animo, Alan

                • Michael Edwards

                  A great read and something quite original - much enjoyed.

                  • Alan .S. Jeeves

                    Hello Michael. Thanks for your valued words. It's always good to hear from someone who writes also.

                    Keep up the good work, Alan

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