ABC Poem: Jungle Cats

Updated on September 6, 2017
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Luke works as a middle school English, ELD, social justice, and mindfulness teacher in the sanctuary city, San Jose, CA.

Defining an ABC Poem

An ABC poem contains five lines. The author may begin her poem with any letter of the alphabet, but the next three lines must follow the sequence of the alphabet. The last line can be any letter.

For my poem, I used the letters J-U. The end line of each stanza is a satori line, which follows the sequence prior to J-U: G, H, and I. I thought this was clever and more of a challenge. Traditionally, ABC poems do not have to rhyme, but I wrote mine with the rhyme scheme AABBC.


Predators of the Night

Jungle cats stalk the night

Killing swiftly out of sight

Life for them is midnight quarry

Making many mothers worry

Gather your loved ones


Run and Hide

Nocturnal villain's gleaming tooth

Opens flesh to end a youth

Prowling devil makes no sound

Quiet breathing holds no bound

Hope wanes in short supply


Death Draws Near

Roars are for the cats of day

Stealing silence in a way

That jungle cats never claim

Unless it ends their stealthy game

Intense stillness

© 2017 JourneyHolm


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      JourneyHolm 5 months ago

      Thanks, Jay C. I had fun writing it. The structure made it easier.

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      Jay C OBrien 5 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      Wow, this is impressive. You have a talent.

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      JourneyHolm 5 months ago

      John, give it a try! Thanks for reading. I'm glad to have introduced a new genre of poetry for you :)

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      John Hansen 5 months ago from Queensland Australia

      These are great Luke. I've never heard of ABC poems before so thanks for enlightening me. I am tempted to give it a try. I think making them rhyme added to the appeal for me.

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      JourneyHolm 5 months ago

      Thank you, Whonu. I found this a fun exercise for writing poetry. Next up, the full ABCs :)

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      whonunuwho 5 months ago from United States

      Interesting style as well as art work, my friend. Well done. Blessings. whonu