Updated date:

A to Z Abecedarian Challenge


I decided to attempt the challenge set by Ann (annart) in her article about abecedarian poetry.


As anyone who has read my poems will know, most of my work is about my personal experience with addiction and recovery. So, no surprise that this one covers the same subject.

As I am not the greatest wordsmith. I was going to cheat and just put the NATO phonetic alphabet.

Here is my humble attempt at both using the letters of the alphabet, and Ann’s challenge of two verses with every word beginning with the same letter.


Addiction and recovery

Addiction bites.

Creating disturbing emotional frailties,

Generating harmful irrational judgements.

Knowingly lying multiplying.

Now overwhelming pain quells

Recovery starting.

Therapy underpinning values withheld.

Xanadu yearnings zeroed.


T for Therapy

Try taking time

To trawl the trash.

Tackling trivial things

That twists thoughts.

Those Tiny torments

Turn to tsunamis.

Through talking therapy

Transcend the torment to tranquillity.


Charlie Halliday (author) from Scotland on September 30, 2019:

Thanks Brenda. Yes trying is fun keeps the old grey matter working.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on September 29, 2019:

Looks like you did just fine.

Trying is fun too.

Enjoyed your work.

Charlie Halliday (author) from Scotland on September 22, 2019:

Thanks Ann

Charlie Halliday (author) from Scotland on September 22, 2019:

Thanks Lorna glad you liked it

Ann Carr from SW England on September 21, 2019:

You've done an excellent job with these two poems Charlie!

I appreciate you taking up the challenge and describing your journey through addiction, therapy and recovery - they give us a great insight into what's involved, even in a few words. Well done!

Thanks for the link too.


Lorna Lamon on September 20, 2019:

I think you have done a great job Charlie and your talent for writing really shines through in the poem 'T for Therapy'. Loved it.

Related Articles