Monday, April 11, 2011

Rhyming Acrostics

Every now and then, I like to challenge myself by writing acrostics that rhyme. Here are some of the rhyming acrostics that I’ve written to date:

Changes suits to suit

His locus. Abracadabra! Hocus-pocus! He’s

A clever

Master of disguise…a trickster who can fool the

Eyes! This

Lizard with a fashion flair takes his wardrobe

Everywhere. Predators don’t stop

Or stare.

No one even knows he’s there.

Fiery flowers bloom

In the night:

Roses, carnations…chrysanthemums, too,

Emerald green, red,

White, and blue. Silvery fountains spill

Out of the sky.

Rockets of gold sizzle and sigh.

Kaleidoscope colors cascading in space,

Showering glitter all over the place.

Cans of people,


Roaring down roads on

Silver-capped wheels.

Claw-handed critter

Races sideways, skitters

Across the sea-washed land…

Beachcombing in the sand.

Dawn, dressed in a bright blue robe

And golden slippers,

Yawns awake. Stars scurry away.

Breaking into song, birds

Rouse the sun,

Eager to start

A new day. Morning bounds out of bed with delight,

Kicking off the dark cover of night.

Silent sidekick, shape shifter who

Hides in the darkness…

A copycat mimicking everything you

Do. Sunny day playmate frolics in the light.

Oh, where, oh,

Where does it go at night?



In soft velvet


Patter into your


Revealing deep secrets that no one

Should hear.

Here are two slightly different versions of a MARCH acrostic that I wrote recently:

Melting snow, mellower days,
A brighter sun with warmer rays,
Chirping. Beat the drum.
Hallelujah! Spring has come!

Melting snow, mellower days,
A brighter sun with warmer rays,
Chirping. Let’s all cheer.
Hallelujah! Spring is here!

Why not try writing a rhyming acrostic yourself? If you do, leave it in the comments and I’ll post it later this week.

FYI: I’ll be sharing the “twosomes” that people wrote and have submitted to Wild Rose Reader tomorrow.

Reminder: Wild Rose Reader’s poetry prize for the second week of National Poetry Month is Twosomes: Love Poems from the Animal Kingdom, which was written by Marilyn Singer and illustrated by Lee Wildish.

Click here to read my brief review of Twosomes—and some of my own “cuddle creature couplets.


Bridget R. Wilson said...

Wow! I usually find the acrostic part challenging enough. Great poems, Elaine. Thanks for sharing.

Charles Waters said...

Love the acrostics and the person who wrote them!!!!

Elaine Magliaro said...

Thanks, Bridget!

Charles, It's nice to see your smiling face. I hope we cross paths again one day.

Kim Oldenburgh said...

I'd love to win this book, but if I don't, I'm buying it for sure!