The following poem is in abecedarian form, with an added challenge. Generally, in this form, each line (or stanza) starts with the next letter of the alphabet until the entire alphabet has been used, from beginning to end, in order. The added twist here is that I made every word in each line begin with the given letter. My only “cheating” was to use one Greek word and one Hebrew word. I have provided a recording of the poem as well as the print version, so that you can hear all of the beautiful alliteration this created.
anguish, agony, as adversary afflicts
before battle begins –
cowards cower, churchmen chide, children chant.
deep dark death damning Deity’s dawn.
even everlasting evokes ego, evil
finding fools fancying fawning faith for
gods, grinning, grasping, glorifying greed, glamour
hell’s hero howling hate; heaven’s heart
incarnate, illumined, infinitely immersed in
joy – Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!
knocking, knowing, kneeling,
lifting Love, laughing Light lives.
maiden mother Mary,
numinous nurturer needed near,
overflowing offerer of obedience,
proclaiming praise, purity prevails.
queen quieting questions, quelling quarrels.
rest, receive, rejoice – redeemed
souls singing sacred songs, see saving Son.
transformed, transfigured, theosis-touched
utter union unfolding
vision vast, virginal, vowed.
wondrous works worship
yearning, yielding, yes.
This is so nice! Clever and creative, no forced phrasing, every line a delightful surprise, unfolding a thought, developing a theme, ending so well with the two scriptural puzzle-words, one familiar and the other a mystery, its following dots luring us, leading us into endless white space: faith.
God wouldn’t let me not write it – a late night or two, but it was good for my soul. 🙂