Wednesday, 7 July 2010

'Y' is a sly letter - abc - Wednesday, Round 6 - 'Y' / Alphabe-Thursday -'Y'

This is a glass-beaded Y-necklace made by the Swedish jewellery-artist, Yvonne Stark.

Today is Wednesday, July 7th and high time to link up with my two favourite alphabet-memes, Mrs. Denise Nesbitt's abc-Wednesday and Mrs. Jenny Matlock's Alphabe-Thursday. We have almost reached the end of our journey through the world of letters and words. This week's letter is 'Y', the next to the last letter of the English alphabet.

I have written a prose-poem about the letter 'Y', but since my blog is about jewellery-making, I would like to begin by showing the wonderfully detailed work of the Swedish jewellery-artist, Yvonne Stark.
The only pictures on this post are Yvonne's 'Y'-shaped necklaces. (Take a look at her 'galleri'-page here.)

Here's a photo of Yvonne Stark
(and not Anna!):

Please visit Yvonne Stark's shop here.


And now to my little prose-poem: 'Y is a sly letter'.

The English letter 'Y' is a sly letter.
It leads a double-life.

Sometimes 'Y' is a consonant, boldly taking the lead in words like
'yes', 'yacht' and 'yard'; and kicks up its heels 'yelling' 'yippie' at the front of words like
'youth', 'young', 'youngster', 'young thing' and even 'youngish'.
'Y' makes demands when it is the second person pronoun 'you', 'your', 'yours' and 'yourself'. It shows direction in an old-fashioned way with 'yonder' and 'yon'.
'Y' measures time in 'yet', 'year', 'yesterday' and 'yesteryear'.
And shows wistfulness in 'yearning'.
'Y' is a 'yapping' puppy that 'yelps' when someone steps on its tail.

But 'Y' is not content to be a consonant. 'Y' wants more. It wants also to be a vowel!
It trys to hide meekly in the middle of a word like 'hygiene', and lags behind at the end of words like 'why', 'lay' and 'may'.
Did you notice that it doesn't really have a vowel-sound all its own? Yes, 'Y' is a copy-cat, a cameleont-character who likes disguises. Sometimes 'Y' sounds like a long 'I' in 'rhyme', and 'thyme' or 'try' and 'fry'; sometimes like long 'E' as in 'funny' and 'bunny'. Other times 'Y' wants to play with other vowels like 'O' as in 'boy' or 'toy', or with
'A' in 'day' and 'say'.
Yes, 'Y' pretends to be shy,
but leads a double-life and is very, very sly!
Best wishes,

P.S. 'Yellow' is an excellent Y-word,
but I'll show my yellow items when Mrs. Matlock has her colours-weeks.

First Commenter:
Gayle of
Postmark California

Jenny      Matlock

For more Y-words at Mrs. Nesbitt's abcWednesday please click here.
For more Y-words at Mrs. Matlock's Alphabe-Thursday please click here.


Gayle said...

What a clever and creative poem on "Y". Kudos to you for being so original!

Jay said...

I love that first green necklace! I will pop over and check out Yvonne's site.

Your prose/poem is great. Yes, indeed, Y is a little bit sneaky! ;)

On behalf of the team, thanks for taking part in ABC Wednesday this week! :)

Ann said...

Like your poem and yes that y is a tricky letter.
Very unique necklaces.

Roger Owen Green said...

I had thought about the dualism of Y, but you captured it very well, and with an entertaining flair, to boot!

Nice necklaces as well.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Shady Gardener said...

Y can be sly. ;-) The necklaces are beautiful - they have an antique flair.

Split Rock Ranch said...

Great poem!

and WOW! Yvonne's work is absolutely stunning! Thank you for sharing it.

Thank you for hosting my Entrecard ad today!

Tumblewords: said...

Clever Y poem/post!

jaydubblah said...

Thank you so much for coming to my party and for the lovely present. Great post

Mary said...

Y is very sly! Great necklaces :-)

mbkatc230 said...

Excellent Y post Anna! The jewelry is just beautiful, especially that delicate pink and lavender. And I loved your prose, very clever. Kat

JDaniel4's Mom said...

The necklaces are lovely. The poem is really really fun. I loved it.

Russ said...

The Jewelry is gorgeous. She does fantastic work. And I love your Y Poem. It describes Y as nothing else could. Great Job.

Cheryl D. said...

The necklaces are absolutely gorgeous! What a great way to wear the letter Y!

Alesa Warcan said...

You've yielded yet another great alphabet post!
And your Y poem was great!
It indirectly reminded me of Rudyard Kipling's story about the birth of the alphabet.
Y was tough and you pulled it off masterfully. Looking forward to your Z post!

signed...bkm said...

Great post....all those Ys in their disquise....bkm

Jo said...

those necklaces are gorgeous, thanks for sharing them with us!

Maggie B said...

A very clever Y post just brimming over with Y's and enhanced by such YummY jewellery too.

Cheryl said...

The jewelry is exquisite. Nice captures for Y. I love your sly poem.

The Paint Splash said...

Love your jewelry. Your Y blog brought me to visit. Have a great day. Debbie

Christy said...

The neclaces are gorgeous. Love how you used them for the letter Y.

Short and Sweet said...

Your "Y" poem was wonderful and I like how you incorporated it into a vowel/consonant idea. Your jewelry is eye-catching and I enjoyed reading and viewing your post.

Jenny said...


Best poem about the letter "Y" ever. In the history of letter "Y" poems!

That was really amazing Anna.

I love Yvonnes jewelry, too. That is really different.

The real star of our stop here journeying through Alphabe-Thursday's letter "Y" is that poem, though.

Clever, clever, clever!

I always love stopping here!


Viki said...

While I loved the necklaces, I so enjoyed your Y poem. Very clever poem, indeed. Great Y post.

Lin said...

OnlY You could come up with something wittY for the letter Y! Good job, Anna!

Patricia Rockwell said...

You are just as sly as "Y"!

Christy said...

great prose on the letter Y and amazing jewelry creative!

Michelle said...

I love that purple necklace!

Tina said...

lovely neclaces. great for the y shapes. and the poem was very clever too.

Tina from
Mummy Diaries
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Anonymous said...

Gorgeous jewelry designs...very talented artist and I'm am digging the cherry one!

jeff campbell said...

Yvonne's necklaces are very classY, and you r prose-poem brings such animation to Y...VerY well done Christine...Peace

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