Today’s challenge is to 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.
My attempt at this is a bit crude, but hopefully it still expresses some of my deepest held beliefs and hopes for this world.
The ABC Poem
Caring for others.
Dare to be different,
Fearing nothing while young.
Go where you can, see the world,
Here and yon,
Imagine a life of peace,
Joy and love.
Keep all your promises, and
Love without limits, you’re sure to
Make friends as you go if you do.
Never lie or deceive, and
O’er all your days,
Pray and believe in God, hope, and love.
Quiet is good for the heart and the soul.
Remember, be grateful, and
Sing every day.
Take time to be holy, and
Understand one another.
Voice all your cares,
Worship all day, God will meet you right there.
Xpress through prayer, to
Your God up above, your care for each man, let’s
Zap all the hatred from our hearts and this world.