National Poetry Month Day 24 – What Is an X? a poem by author Trish Hubschman #PoetryPlace

National Poetry Month Day 24 – What Is an X? a poem by author Trish Hubschman #PoetryPlace

What is an X?

By Trish Hubschman

Day 24


An X is more than just a letter.

It signifies the spot.

It tells folks where to look

And is stronger than a dot.

An X is painted on a plank

to show where to put the nail.

So, when the hammer comes down

It’s assured not to fail.

You look down to see the X

When jumping from a plane.

You close your eyes after that,

Thinking, “What? Am I insane?”

X in Braille is the easiest to read.

I never understood why.

X is the least used letter of the alphabet.

Come on, this just doesn’t fly.

X alone is pretty useless.

It goes better with an E.

I like to exercise and exit.

This makes more sense, don’t you see.

I better stop now

Before I get x’ed out.

I’m sure you get the gist of it

And know what the X is about.

Trish Hubschman is the author of the Tracy Gayle mystery series: Tidalwave, Stiff Competition, Ratings Game, Uneasy Tides, and Gayle’s tales.

Trish is a graduate of Long Island University’s Southampton Campus and has a Bachelor’s degree in English-writing. She is deaf-blind and lives in Pennsylvania with her husband Kevin and their dog, Henry.

Visit her website.


  1. Trish Hubschman Reply
    April 24, 2023

    Since the beginning of the month I was anxious about x. It turned out to be a lot of fun The whole month has been, well, we still have y and z to go. Stay tuned.

    1. You’ve done a great job.

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