It is time to make a switch. I’m in the mood to write a series of acrostic poems. I’ve tackled the task before, but I would like to explore this style of poetry again. It fits my challenge to select different forms of poetry that start with a certain letter during the month. I selected the letter A for January. The acrostic poem has been around for centuries. The first record of the use of this style was in the prophecies of the Sibyl. Legend implies that these poems predict the Trojan War and other historical events. Samples of this poetry also were discovered at Pompeii. I am not hinting that I am writing prophetic poetry. I simply enjoy writing in this style. This acrostic poem is called Back to Wakefulness.
Definition of an acrostic poem and its relationship to Back to Wakefulness
An acrostic poem starts when the poet uses the first letter of each line of verse to form a word, phrase, or sentence. The poem deals with the subject of the letters selected to form a stream of thought. The poem doesn’t have any rules concerning meter or rhythm. A poet may try to do both, but there is no rule regarding how the poem should be formed, except the first letter of each line must have a special meaning.
Back to Wakefulness Before examining this piece of poetry And counting syllables, metered rhythm of verse Can we please remember how hard it is to see Kindness when looking at life driving in reverse To many hasty words written that wasn’t nice Outward presentation audacious but unclean Wakefulness can become a courageous vice And truth-telling becomes silly, somber, and mean Keepsake taken by a clumsy kleptomaniac Evasive stealthy stealer of slim willful words Fearful of traveling the long dusty road back Uncover emotions sitting like tiny birds Lazily sunning on a live electric wire Nestled safely in the arms of unrelenting grace Essence of becoming brilliantly wide awake Saturated glimpses of sanity can place Sacred reminders of a promising daybreak
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