In my MFA, we experiment with forms to flex our creative muscles. Typically, I like to write free verse, which is the only type of poem I feel comfortable writing. However, I have also learned to value pushing myself, creatively. I have written a sestina and loved it. And, I have written an acrostic poem, which yielded better results than anticipated.
An abecedarian is a poem that uses all of the letters in the alphabet as the first letter in the line.
At first, it felt a little elementary, but I used a mature theme to shake things up a bit. I think it really worked. Below is my attempt.
Do Not Get Drunk on Wine
A letter from my father
Beware of the evils of drink
Cautions the tragic
“Do not get drunk on wine”
Effusive, ridiculous obstructions
Gone forever stone-carved
Heaven, a relief
“I won’t get drunk on wine”
Just get me out of here
Kicking, ear piercing screams, I won’t
My family means everything
Not more than that drink over there
Open your eyes!
Protect what is yours!
Quiet my mind
I would love to see your acrostic poems posted here. Play with themes, word choice and line breaks.