Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Poetry Month: Acrostic

The theme for my poems this week was inspired by Jolea's Facebook status, which was that "I dream of a better tomorrow... where chickens can cross the road and not be questioned about their motives."

C hasing the fat grub, I
H eaded beyond the gate
I into faraway country.
C rossing the black divide, I
K icked asphalt as I went,
E scaping as I went headlong into
N otoriety

Acrostic Poetry
Acrostic Poetry is where the first letter of each line spells a word, usually using the same words as in the title.
Example #1:

He broke my heart
Every piece, shattered
All I wanted was his love
Real, as he promised
True, as mine for him
But he walked away
Right in the middle of paradise
Every beat of my heart
Aches for his love
Keeping the flame aglow
I will wait by the light
Never losing the hope
God will send him back to me

Copyright © 2000 Jody Kuperavage

Example #2:

Torn from normal existence
Hunting for the one who is responsible
Embarking on his quest every morning
Only to come home empty handed
Under no circumstances will he quit
Truth is what he is seeking
Looking for the answers he may never find
Answers he may not want to hear
Wandering through life with one purpose
To find his saboteur
Only he can not understand
Realization of one thing is coming clear
No one is to blame other than himself

Copyright © 2000 Paul Sansone

Example #3:
Shadow Poetry (Double Acrostic)

Summers’ gifts of sensational feelings,
Heaping happiness in poets’ path
Awarding praises for poetic data
Doses of episodes, where lived 
Original thoughts; orgasmic tempo 
Weavers of words; morning’s dew 
Prosing spewing from every lip
Operetta unions, written in solo 
Energy of many, sharing love
Tears touching every heart 
Rivalry forgotten, visions clear
You and I spreading peace and joy

Copyright © 2001 Amias


  1. Awesome Chicken Poetry!
    And the double acrostic at the bottom: Geez.

    When I was in fifth or sixth grade, the creative arts program put out a little book of student authored poetry. You know, for the parents. One of my entries was an acrostic entitled Girls. I don't remember the whole thing, but the last line was "Slugs of the earth."

  2. Love the chicken poem. Who knew chickens had so much depth? I always thought they were essentially walking, edible rocks.

    And yeah on the double acrostic. I don't recall ever seeing one of those. I am really excited about your April efforts... I've never really studied various forms. I wrote a lot of sonnets in high school and college, and of course you know I now like 575, but that's about it. So I'm looking forward to the education!

  3. I like the double acrostic... here's one for you (I imagine there's a name for it somewhere, but I've no idea what it would be). It's a double acrostic with the doublet being reversed. In particular if you use the title as the first line (or eschewing titles altogether), it nearly forces the inversion. Of course, you don't get the visual or aural qualities that the normal double gives on each line, but it's still an entertaining exercise when you're at work, unable to accomplish anything because you have too much to do, and you need a diversion. Or something.

    Excitedly, my old friend, I
    read about your life, your
    identity, your self -- only online.
    not enough, this new media.

  4. I love the new forms of poetry you've put up...
    One by one am giving them my best shot too,

    Just posted an Acrostic piece on my blog.

    And am totally loving the chicken posts! :-)

  5. I love your acrostic. You are sincerely invited to
    Join us at Acrostic Only .. I am sure you will enjoy it.



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