And now for our (optional) prompt! Today, I’d like to challenge you to write an abecedarian poem – a poem in which the word choice follows the words/order of the alphabet. You could write a very strict abecedarian poem, in which there are twenty-six words in alphabetical order, or you could write one in which each line begins with a word that follows the order of the alphabet. This is a prompt that lends itself well to a certain playfulness. Need some examples? Try this poem by Jessica Greenbaum, this oneby Howard Nemerov or this one by John Bosworth
My poem for the day on life and the choices it offers- A to Z
Must I? Must I not?
A choice is what I had before me;
“Boy, was I scared”; There I was, at the
Cross-roads of life- confused and
Doubtful; A question that
Eternally plagued my mind- ‘Must I
‘Forsake this and choose the other?‘
‘God is watching over you,’ a voice in me whispered. The
Head instructed, ‘This, here is right.’ The heart disagreed.
‘If only I knew, which path led to
Joy, success and love,‘ I mused, wishful;
Knowing that, that could never be! My
Life dependent on the choice I made-
My happiness, my future and my dreams.
Not ready was I to give up on the Heart’s desire;
Or look back in ‘time to come,’ with a
Pang of remorse, for what might have been. I
Quelled my fear and vehemently
Refuted the Head’s misgivings. My
Spirit rekindled, I
Took the plunge. And to
‘Us,’ I gave a chance. I
Vowed to make it
Work; the universe did so too! The
Xenagogy of life, hath taught me well- ‘Never to
Yield, and be left yearning,’ to be forever blessed with the
‘Zest for life!’
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