Luke Holm earned bachelor degrees in English and Philosophy from NIU. He is a middle school teacher and a creative writer.
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
© 2017 JourneyHolm
JourneyHolm (author) on September 08, 2017:
Thanks, Jay C. I had fun writing it. The structure made it easier.
Jay C OBrien from Houston, TX USA on September 08, 2017:
Wow, this is impressive. You have a talent.
JourneyHolm (author) on September 07, 2017:
John, give it a try! Thanks for reading. I'm glad to have introduced a new genre of poetry for you :)
John Hansen from Queensland Australia on September 07, 2017:
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.
JourneyHolm (author) on September 06, 2017:
Thank you, Whonu. I found this a fun exercise for writing poetry. Next up, the full ABCs :)
whonunuwho from United States on September 06, 2017:
Interesting style as well as art work, my friend. Well done. Blessings. whonu