Harm by Feeling

Napowrimo 2019, Day 19. 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 one by Howard Nemerov or this one by John Bosworth

Anxiety breeds callous drama

Envy feeds great harm

In jealousy kindness loses

Malice never opens paths

Questions release situations

Time unites vocalised weapons

xenophobia yielding zillions

By Autumn Willow

Copyright@AutumnWillow:KatieHaigh 19/04/19

Photo by Katie Haigh


10 Comments Add yours

  1. Excellent! A relevant theme skillfully delivered!

  2. Excellent and extremely clever.

  3. Flutterby says:

    Neatly done!

    1. AutumnWillow says:

      Yes. It’s enjoyable but also relieved when it’s over xx

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