Sunday, 27 January 2008

Daily Challenge: Alphabet Poem

Slightly delayed on today's challenge, but I've decided to do something a little different. I challenge you to write a 26 word poem that uses every letter of the alphabet consecutively a-z (or z-a if you find that easier!). I'm sure the poems will be nonsense more often than not, but it should be fun! I look forward to seeing what you all come up with.

waxing lyrical

a broken charisma doesn't emerge fallow
going home isn't just kindness lost
maybe now overt philosophy quits
rivers suddenly till uneven valleys
when xenophobics yield zealously


Michelle Hix said...

oh wow, that was good. This is hard to do. I love challenges. I might have to think about this.

The Unskilled Poet said...

Yeah, the last line was definitely the hardest! It's kind of fun challenging yourself to think outside of the standard words that spring to mind, while still trying to make vague sense. Give it a go - it's a tough challenge, so I don't think anyone expects the next Wordsworth poem!

Kelly & Sam Pilgrim-Byrne said...

Here's a quick attempt!

Another bent chasm doesn’t equate
for generalist hyperbole in justified
kindness laments many naïve oppressed
persons. Quadrants restructured silhouette
turmoil, undermines vagabond warlike
xenophobic yesteryear’s zen.

The Unskilled Poet said...

Ooh nice!! Very creative, and still strangely sensical! Cheers, Kel :)

Molnár Csaba said...

Ok, you know I'm handicapped (not English), so I did it backwards, if you don't mind :) Most problematic letter (apart from X) was H, and the ending.

Zealously yelling xenophobic words
violently urgint to surrender
rhymes, questions, pleasure;
offering norms,
morals, lofty knots,
joyless impotent homages.
Goodby fictional endings, delicios
crimes bending

The Unskilled Poet said...

I *love* the line 'Goodbye fictional endings' - very, very cool! I love that you did it backwards, as well, since I don't know any native English speakers who could do that!

Thank you for your input, Molnár! I hope you enjoyed giving it a go!

Molnár Csaba said...

Somehow, backwards was easier, or offered less resistance, except the two words that break the flow. Would change zealously to zealotry, and make it the title - small things, really, the point is that it was FUN :))) Thank you :)

Anonymous said...

All But Creed Denies Emotions,
Fulls Greed Hails In Jeopardy,
Kind Love Meant Nothing Originally,
Press Quietly, Run Straight Through,
Undergo Violent Wars, Xylophone Your Zest.

p.s that is hard, also added you to my page, here from you soon, i usually put 2 poems up a month.


The Unskilled Poet said...

I think you definitely get the award for the best x-y-z final sentence! Great work! Although you say you only post poems twice a month, it'd be great for you to come back and attempt the daily challenge again!

Anonymous said...

Armies burn currency,
devaluing everyone,
for generals herd in
jittery killers,
living many nights of peril.
Question rationalizations
simplifying torture.
Urging vigilant watch
xenophobe yells zealously.

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