Things I never learned at my Mother's knee

by Paganini Jones

All balloons come down eventually.
Fairytales grow honourably in Japan.
Kangaroos live modestly nowadays.
Ordinary people quietly resist.
Sycamore trees understandably value wood.
Xanthan yellow zinnias are best.
CrocodilesÂ’ definitely eat fresh grouse.
Hatpins injure jolly kind ladies.
Mountain ninjas often pose.
Quickest rodents soonest tame.
Unusually, vans wrestle xiphoid* young zebras.

(* sword shaped)


Author's Note: A double abecedarian ie each word begins with the next letter of the alphabet. I see the challenge to be - to write a poem that works and makes sense as a piece of poetry - to use the best word for each word which 'just happens' to start with the correct letter - to not cheat by using misspellings particulaly with X eg Xpress rather than express. It may sound right but in my book it's not good enough. (Unless of course you do it all the way through. Now tht would be another challenge worth trying!) Manage all of that and you'll have a fine abecedarian rather than a poetic version of the crossword puzzle.

Posted on 05/02/2004
Copyright © 2020 Paganini Jones

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Maureen Glaude on 05/02/04 at 01:55 PM

swordshaped but also like a ghazal, I find. Makes one think, all the combinations of thoughts. Excellent

Posted by JD Clay on 05/02/04 at 02:23 PM

The abecedarian is a poetic form I have yet to tackle, and yours a double whammy. Aptly titled too, Pag. Pe4ce...

Posted by Heide McAlister-Bates on 05/02/04 at 05:17 PM


Posted by Anne Engelen on 05/04/04 at 08:25 PM

great double aabecedarian Pag. I was halfway the first one before it dawned to me it was ABC! extremely well done!

Posted by Ginette T Belle on 05/06/04 at 12:03 AM

love the colourful array of words you've used...

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