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Hating the "F" Word (Failure): More Abecedarian Poetry

John is a freelance writer, ghost-writer, storyteller, and poet. He always tries to include a message or social commentary in his writing

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Inspiration and Challenge

Fellow poet Verlie Burroughs (Snakeslane) recently brought the "abecedarian" form of poetry to my attention in her collection The Road Home Poems and the poem titled A Beach Chirpy Dawn.

Then another wonderful writer Ann Carr (annart) issued a challenge in her article Abecedarian Poetry: What Is It? Origins and Some Examples for other poets to write an abecedarian poem using any one letter from the alphabet to begin each word and write at least two verses about any subject. I did that for my second poem but it was quite random and I wasn't entirely happy with it, so I decided to write another using every letter of the alphabet in order to begin each line, hence: Hating the "F" Word (Failure.)

* The abecedarian is an ancient poetic form guided by alphabetical order. Generally each line or stanza begins with the first letter of the alphabet and is followed by the successive letter, until the final letter is reached. (source: poets.org)

However, like with many forms of poetry there seems to be a number of variants. Sometimes, all words in the poem begin with the same letter of the alphabet, other times each word begins with the next letter of the alphabet until all 26 letters from A to Z are used. Or like my first example, it can be written like an acrostic where the first letter of the first word of each line is the alphabet in order.


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Image by Mary Pahlke from Pixabay

Hating the "F" Word (Failure)

Anyone with drive and purpose

Believes that they can succeed.

Confident and their skills and talents,

Defiant of all obstacles in their path,

Energetic and persistent,

Forever striving to move forward,

Generating positivity in every situation,

Hating the "F" word (Failure.)

In fact, not even acknowledging its existence,


Jubilantly celebrating each milestone,

Kicking butt whenever challenged,

Lamenting every missed opportunity,

Maintaining consistency and learning from setbacks,

No time to procrastinate,

"Overcome" is their favourite motivational word,

Persevering in the face of all obstacles,

Quelling all nae-saying and negative talk.


Remaining steadfast and focussed,

Satisfied only in success,

Taking one step at a time, but never a backward one,

Unwaivering from the end goal,

Victory always within their sight.

"When the going gets tough, the tough get going."

X-ray specs offer just an illusion.

Yearning for true discernment that provides clarity,

Zeroing in on success and fulfilment.

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Image by Janet Gooch from Pixabay

Monumental Moments

Miniscule moths

May move mountains.

Magical? maybe.

Monumental moments

Merely masquerading

Man-made myths.


Muffled moans,

Morose monotones

Make me melancholy.

My manufactured musings

Morphing miraculously

Making mighty mythic monsters.

© 2019 John Hansen

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