Today in Dictionary for a Better World, Abecedarian poetry is on the menu on pages 6 and 7. In this form, each line or stanza begins its first letter with an ordered letter of the alphabet, running from A to Z. Since today is my youngest daughter’s birthday, this one is for her:
Ansley's Birthday ~ Celebrating my Daughter Every day, Finding Grace and Mercy Healing Iniquities ~ Jesus' Kindness and Love Making New Opportunities Promising - Quietly Restoring the Spirit, Touching Unhinderdly this Valuable, Worthy Woman Xenial and Young with an unwavering Zest for Him!
During the months of August and September, I have been writing poetry forms and responding to quotes and narratives from Dictionary for a Better World: Poems, Quotes, and Anecdotes from A to Z by Irene Latham and Charles Waters, illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini. Join me at the start of a new school year by turning over a new leaf – writing more, reading more, reflecting on quotes, connecting to text, and performing a simple daily act of kindness. Together, we can make the world a better place!
Today’s poem is an abecedarian poem, in which each stanza or line begins with the letters of the alphabet, written in order vertically. I’m writing this one in honor of my daughter Ansley on her 29 birthday!
*During the months of August and September on days when I’m not participating in the Open Write at www.ethicalela.com, I will be writing in response to the pages of Dictionary for a Better World: Poems, Quotes, and Anecdotes from A to Z by Irene Latham and Charles Waters, illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini. The poems, poetic forms, narratives, quotes, and calls to action to make one small difference might be just the medicine my world – or the whole world – needs. I’ll be inviting insights in the form of an immersion into a 10-minute-a-day book study (just long enough to read the page, reflect, and connect). If you don’t have a copy of the book, you can order one here on Amazon. I invite you to join me in making August and September a time of deep personal book friendship. A few teachers will be following the blog and engaging in classroom readings and responses to the text. So come along! Let’s turn the pages into intentionally crafting beautiful change together.