And now for our (optional) prompt! Today, I’d like to challenge you to write an abecedarian poem – a poem in which the word choice follows the words/order of the alphabet. You could write a very strict abecedarian poem, in which there are twenty-six words in alphabetical order, or you could write one in which each line begins with a word that follows the order of the alphabet. This is a prompt that lends itself well to a certain playfulness. Need some examples? Try this poem by Jessica Greenbaum, this oneby Howard Nemerov or this one by John Bosworth

My poem for the day on life and the choices it offers- A to Z

Must I? Must I not?


A choice is what I had before me;

Boy, was I scared”; There I was, at the

Cross-roads of life- confused and

Doubtful; A question that

Eternally plagued my mind- ‘Must I

Forsake this and choose the other?

God is watching over you,’ a voice in me whispered. The

Head instructed, ‘This, here is right.’ The heart disagreed.

If only I knew, which path led to

Joy, success and love,‘ I mused, wishful;

Knowing that, that could never be! My

Life dependent on the choice I made-

My happiness, my future and my dreams.

Not ready was I to give up on the Heart’s desire;

Or look back in ‘time to come,’ with a

Pang of remorse, for what might have been. I

Quelled my fear and vehemently

Refuted the Head’s misgivings. My

Spirit rekindled, I

Took the plunge. And to

Us,’ I gave a chance. I

Vowed to make it

Work; the universe did so too! The

Xenagogy of life, hath taught me well- ‘Never to

Yield, and be left yearning,’ to be forever blessed with the

Zest for life!’

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Posted by:Smitha V

A banker by profession, a blogger by choice, a poet by accident, and an artist at heart. Imperfectly perfect - that's me. Welcome to my world!

23 replies on “NaPoWriMo: Day 19 – Must I? Must I not?

  1. Firstly you taught me a new word -xenagogy! Well done for following the path of the alphabet – but because the poem followed on so well, I didn’t notice I was reading a contrived form.


    1. Ha ha…me add a word to your incredible vocabulary 😀…that make me want to do a🤸‍♀️. Thank you so much for the ‘pat on the back;’ 🙏. It helps on this crazy NaPoWriMo journey😊.

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    1. Ha ha…yes because it’s different. I kind of like different 😊. Just put your pen to paper Sangbad, and I’m sure you’ll come up with something 😊


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