Today’s challenge: write an abecedarian poem – a poem with a structure derived from the alphabet. There are a couple of ways of doing this. You could write a poem of 26 words, in which each word begins with a successive letter of the alphabet. You could write a poem of 26 lines, where each line begins with a successive letter. Or finally, if you’d prefer to narrow your focus, perhaps you could write a poem which focuses on a few letters, using words that repeat them.
Almost New Again A routine drive Brought 'round the lake Ceases a moment. Drive slows round the curve Everyday occurrence found new. Flagged beautiful today, Halts time in space. Image like paintings; Jesus, sweet Jesus! Keeps breath in place. Life stands still, silent, Moment on moment frozen, Nature at rest before Opening to warmth, like Prayers unspoken, or Quietly said, Routines repeat while Silent beauty waits To be revealed: Unraveled, unfurled. Virtually dead, no sleeping beneath Words fail to describe eXacting a memory forever more, Yester-morn's stillness Zinks-zonks soul to pause.