Do you like puzzles? Try Acrostics.

An acrostic poem has a word or words running down the length of the page – one per line. The lines of the poem start with, or cross over those letters. Acrostics can have meter or not. They can rhyme or not. They can be long or short. It’s all up to you.

I like to put the acrostic in bold letters in parentheses, brackets or braces to make the base word jump out at the reader. Let’s try several variations using the word PEACE.

In the first poem, we will use the letters in the word PEACE as the first letter of each line.

[P]eople link to people
[E]ach in his own way
[A]ll of us united
[C]aring every way
[E]ndless unity

Now let’s make it a little trickier. This time we’re going to spice it up by moving the key letter one space to the right as we go down the poem. So [P] is the first letter, then [E] is the second – [A] the third – [C] the fourth – [E] the fifth. Ready?

[P]eople link to people
B[E]coming unified
Cr[A]ving what we all need
Pea[C]ful hearts survive
Peac[E] is what we need

Get the picture? Acrostics can take a little effort. They aren’t difficult, but you have to work at them. Try your hand at the word PEACE and see what you create. Then try these words – LIFE – TIME – GARDEN – PARENTS – FRIENDS – FAMILY. Go for it!

Copyright © 2013 Robert F. Nicholas


About lenxbob

I was born in 1946 - the first year of the Baby Boomers. For most of my life, I lived in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts - Pittsfield, Richmond and Lenox. I graduated from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst in 1968 with a BS in Mathematics. From 1968-1970, I did a two-year stint in the Peace Corps in the Philippines teaching high school modern mathematics. I later taught for eleven years and then became a computer programmer/analyst and eventually an MIS Director. I currently winter in Florida and summer in upstate NY - with my 37-year-old African Gray Parrot, Little Pete. I enjoy playing piano and guitar as well as painting watercolors. I started writing poetry when I was in my early teens. It has always brought me joy to express my emotions in writing. My poems tend to be quite straightforward. You won't need a dictionary or an encyclopedia to comprehend them. I like my poems to flow easily, and have the reader flow with my thoughts.
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