Abecedarian

An Abecedarian is any poem constrained by alphabetical order, whether forward or reverse.  Successive
letters of the alphabet may be used to begin each word - or each line - or each verse.  If an abecedarian
uses all 26 letters of the alphabet, it is also called a panagram.

Origin/History

Abecedarian acrostics were common in classical Hebrew poetry. For example, Psalm 119 of the Bible (King
James Version) is an abecedarian acrostic, with each stanza begun by one of the letters of the Hebrew
alphabet, such as Aleph, Beth, Gimel, and so on.

How To Write An Abecedarian

Choose one of the following to create your personal poem:
Start each word of your poem with successive letters of the alphabet
  - forward or backward ·       
Start each line of your poem with successive letters of the alphabet
  - forward or backward ·        
Write a poem in which all words (in each line) are in alphabetical order ·                
* Please
DO NOT write a poem about each letter of the alphabet "A is for..., B is for..." and so on, this is trite
language and elementary.

Variations:
> Write a poem where each letter of the alphabet is used as both the first and last letters of a line,
 successively
> Write a poem where all words in it are alphabetized and it ends with -a ·        
>Write a poem where all words in it are alphabetized and are nouns ending with -a

Example:

Accept differences
Be Kind
Count your blessings
Dream
Express thanks
Forgive
Give Freely
Harm no one
Imagine More
Jettison Anger
Keep confidences
Love truly
Master something
Nurture hope
Open your mind
pack lightly
quell rumors
reciprocate
seek wisdom
touch hearts
understand
value truth
win graciously
xeriscape
yearn for peace
Zealously support a worthy cause. -Renee Stewart