To do today: Write an Acrostic, according to this prompting and instruction in TweetSpeak Poetry.
An acrostic is a poem or other piece of writing whose lines’ first letters, taken in succession, form a word, or alphabet. The Tweetspeak infographic referenced above explains how ancient this poem form is, tracing it back to classical Greece. Something it doesn’t mention, however, is how often the acrostic form also appears in very old writings of the Bible.
I did some research, which turned up these examples::
- In Psalm 119, all the verses of each stanza (in Hebrew) begin with the same letter, and the stanzas, one by one, take the reader through the (Hebrew) alphabet. (Those little subtitles placed before each group of eight verses are names of aphabet letters.)
- Proverbs 31:10-31 (the “Virtuous Woman” passage) is another example.
- Likewise the first four of the five songs comprising Lamentations.
- And there are more, in all these Psalms: 9, 10, 25, 34, 37, 111, 112, and 145.
All this instruction and information inspired me to do my bit, too, and make my attempt at an acrostic.
World-class poetry it isn’t, but it does help me process this whole concept of my life as a journey:
MY JOURNEY, MY OWN
Just as I am, with all my quirks,
Out of the who of my being
Unfolds the what of my life:
Reality formed from mentality, vitality, inner fires, and gifts.
Never wise is it to follow a path not mapped for me.
Ever upward and onward, let it be toward
You–the always-true and never-altering Thee.
Try your own acrostic-making with a topic on your mind! See what happens!