Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Day 25 ~ How to Write an “Acrostic Poem” for “30 Poems in 30 Days” #NationalPoetryMonth ”

Most people have heard about and even written an “acrostic” poem. It’s a rather simple pattern and can be quite fun to do. You can choose any word to be your base – a word or name that you write down the left hand side of your paper, one letter under another. 

And there are so many “National Days” today you just might want to use one of them as a prompt – or not – up to you (of course).

But here are some ideas to get you thinking: Because today, April 25, 2017 is:

Hairstylists Appreciation Day
Hug A Plumber Day
International Marconi Day
National Mani-pedi Day
Red Hat Society Day
World Penguin Day

SO, it only takes a few steps to get started –

1. Choose a name or the object of your poem.
2. Write that name or that word down the left hand side of your paper vertically, generally using all capital letters.
3. Start each sentence of your poem with the capital letter on that line.
4. No need to worry about rhyming or counting syllables or anything.
5. Each line can be whatever length you choose, from one word to a longer sentence.


One word/line acrostic for the name “Susan” (Yes, I know this is a lame example, but it’s just an example. I know you can do better):


Or, use the first letter as the beginning of a sentence instead of a single word.

I shared the following last year, but I really can’t let this poetry form pass without sharing this delightful experience I had while teaching English in China once again. 

I had a 14 year old student named “Fiona.” I explained how to write an acrostic poem and suggested to the students that they choose a favorite animal for their poem. I gave additional details and then they got busy.

Soon they were showing me their poems. They did a wonderful job. Then Fiona turned in her poem:

Snow is falling down.
No one wants to stay outside.
A little girl stands at my front door.
Knocks it with a little cry.
Early afternoon, she falls asleep in my room.

I read it and told it that it was a lovely poem but it had nothing to do with a snake. She replied, “But I wrote ‘snake’ down the left hand side.”

So I explained that the poem also needed to be ABOUT a snake if that was the word she chose. So she said, “Okay,” took the paper back, added a few words and turned it back in…

Here is what she added to that last line of “Early afternoon, she falls asleep in my room … and then she turned into a snake.”

I loved it!! Love her!! I laughed so hard. It is a cherished memory. And now, you can enjoy it too. Cheers!!

Whatcha’ got?

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Vicki said...

Day 25-Acrostic Poem


Goodness for your heart
Romping in your house
Asking you millions of questions
Never afraid of a mouse
Doesn't hold back love
Couldn't if they tried
Heaven's gift from above
Inching up to my height
Loves to sit on laps
Dreams of what to be
Reaches arms up for hugs
Ever gives you kisses
Now and forever more

Peggy Barker said...


Forever friendships feel like family.
Rarely do we disagree.
I always enjoy their company.
Encouraging me in all I do.
Never could I find a better friend.
Distance is no problem,
Sweet, sweet reunions.


Real friendships last forever.
Even though we may be far apart,
United we stay in our heart.
Nothing can dim our memories.
Invitations are not necessary.
Texting, phone calls, emails or cards,
Endear us to one another.
Distance doesn't matter when it comes to the heart.

Heidi L. Murphy said...

Here's mine:
Takes me back to when I lived there. How I miss it on triple digit days like this one might get to be.