In June, I plan to explore writing the Acrostic Poem. I’ve played with this form of poetry in the past. I don’t know how I came up with the idea. It must have been a word experiment for me back in the day when I was playing with poetry. The definition of an Acrostic Poem is the first letter of each line should spell out a word or phrase vertically. This word or phrase plays the role of a theme or message. Also, this message can appear in the middle or end of the poem. Back in the day, I didn’t know I was participating in a style of poetry. My coming across the Acrostic poem design became a clever attempt at wordplay. My Acrostic style of poetry for today is called Flogging
a Dead Horse.
Flogging a Dead Horse
Flogging a dead horse
Lonely way to spend an afternoon
Obsession run amuck, of course,
Gaseous helium filling a hot air balloon
Galvanize to float above the ground.
Imagining the problem can be resolved
Never giving up optimism to confound
Gallery of fools awed and appalled
And another thought to leave you with
Dead horses are utterly dead
Even when they shake their head
And there is no way to change their mind
Dead is dead, you will find.
Habits are extremely hard to break
Once you acquire them for heaven’s sake.
Rise above the confusion and don’t look at back the ground,
Stop flogging that dead horse and bury it under the dirt
Embrace the peace that comes with surrender that you found.
Who is Molly Shea?
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