Don Quixote
by Honoré Daumier (1868)
Neue Pinakothek, Munich, Germany

The Letter Q: Don Quixote's Quest

Find the Golden Helmet of Mambrino—
Ellery Queen solves quandries in crime,
Anthony Quinn dances as Zobra the Greek,
Quasimodo wins Literature Nobel Prize.

Quack, Quack! Mother duck calls for help—
police rescues her ducklings from the sewer.
Not found in dictionaries— but you see
it on typewriter's keyboard— QWERTY.

Evil Queen poisons Snow White with apple,
Queen torments Alice in Wonderland with cards,
Queen Isabella helps with ships for Columbus,
Queen Elizabeth defeats Spanish Armada.

Freddie Mercury of rock band Queen sings
"We Are the Champions" to record crowds—
Schubert's "Trout Quintet" and Beethoven's
"Last Quartets" bring quietude to my mind.

French quiz on quartorze & quinze
adding to Dan Quisenberry's uniform.
Quartz crystal provides quicker energy
than a quart of milk or orange juice.

Quark found first in Joyce's Finnegans Wake
before physicists wrote in their Quarterly.
Lived in Queens, NY— home of jazz greats
Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington.

Quote from Quran's chapter "The Quaking"
"On that day she shall tell her news"
Quake & quagmire make you quiver,
go to a Quaker's home for some quiet.

Quintessence is quality not quantity—
Dance the Lobster Quadrille and drink
cup of quince tea to quench your thirst.
Quarantine is over & the Quad is full.

A quadrillion stars in the universe—
quantum leap to awaken your mind.
No quick answers— ask more questions.
Rumi's Quatrains will take you home.

        — Peter Y. Chou
            Mountain View, 9-24-2020