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Abecedarian Poetry

Poetry is the heart of literature. A story is fine, a poem reaches the soul quickly eliciting raw emotion, and a Poem that is story Rules!

The word "abecedarian" is a funny word that I never knew existed until I read John Hansen's Poems in response to a challenge offered by writer Ann Carr for others of us to attempt the fun ourselves to create.

The word is pronounced ABC-darian. Of course, that is not phonetic. Ann explained that,

If you say it aloud it’s obvious that it is connected to the English alphabet. It refers to a person who is learning the alphabet or the rudiments of a subject, or to something which is alphabetically arranged.

It, however, matches the popular definition of the word, having to do with the alphabet or a learner of the rudimentary. In this instance, this word defines my attempt at this style of poetry, the rudiments of learning abecedarian poetics.

Poetry is an outward expression of an inward fascination in a structured medium or a free-flowing potpourri of words. This artistic expression is not one to which I often yield, leaving it to those with souls to do so. This challenge intrigues me so I must attempt it. Below are four attempts: two with the alphabet and two with a singular letter.


ABC's of Affection

Affection bending concertedly, darling fiancees gasp heavenly in joyful kisses, love. Moored needling overtly paraded--riveting savor tossed upon visions wonderfully. Xenial yielding zen.


Police Dedication

Ambivalent bobbies, cops, dart eagerly forward, guns heavy intently journeying knights, lawmen.

Monitoring night, oh police quietly racing security to undercut violence working X year zephyr.


Archway Art

Aesthetic artwork adorns apricot archways all along ancient alleyways. Affable agents as angels above alertly attending ambulate attendees admiring archway art.

Ancient acrylic assume airbrushed azure arched atop all archways. An arcade about allurement. Alluring artistry atop antiquated aisles.


Pluming Puffs

Purple puffs pale periodically puffing puissantly, panting pleasantness. Perfectly poised posy peripheral plumes popping precipitously pretty poses.

Plants proving purple please people. Purple plants posing patiently--perused praised puffs.

When the movie ended, Joe asked if she would join him for a bite to eat

She answered " yes " and thought " Oh what an unexpected treat "

— Ruby Jean Richert

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© 2019 Rodric Anthony Johnson


Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on October 11, 2019:

I am so glad we found each other's poems. It's a small world, and Hubville is a wonderful place to write.

Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on October 11, 2019:

Ruby, I am glad you enjoyed the poem. I enjoy yours much more than I enjoy writing my own. I am still loving that last one I read about the woman who found love, even if it was for just that moment, in the balcony as she sat pining over her lack of connection to the men she dated.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on October 11, 2019:

This is absolutely Brilliant. I dearly love poetry. You have a new follower.

Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on August 16, 2019:

Ann, thanks for that. It means a lot coming from you. I might try it again.

Ann Carr from SW England on August 16, 2019:

Thank you, Rodric, for stepping up to the challenge. Well done for your excellent response!

I particularly like Archway Art; your choice of words fits so well.


Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on August 15, 2019:

Pamela, I am glad you read them. I thought I had to have at least four to measure up with Ann's standard. I kept trying to find ways to do one about God that did not end up being sacrilegious. I gave up. I figure some more worthy person can take that one.

Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on August 15, 2019:

Bill, I would not have thought it bravery to write such poetry if you would not have so said. It was brave because I don't know if those words match well for grammar and meaning. Now I am shaking in my writing boots.

Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on August 15, 2019:

Lorna, you are so kind. Thanks for reading and commenting. It was an interesting and challenging exercise, one that I really stressed about!.

Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on August 15, 2019:

John, thanks for that. It was a hard task for me. I hope the words make sense.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 15, 2019:

Rodric, you really did a splendid job writing this poetry, and you wrote so many lines as well. Great job!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 14, 2019:

Well done,Rodric! You are a braver man than I. I won't even attempt poetry. :)

Lorna Lamon on August 14, 2019:

Wonderful examples cleverly written.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on August 14, 2019:

Well done, Rodric. You absolutely nailed it.

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