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A Trip Through The Alphabet Of Poetry Forms

It wasn't as difficult as I was expecting. I pulled up the guidelines and wrote.

By Denise E LindquistPublished 3 months ago 3 min read
A Trip Through The Alphabet Of Poetry Forms
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Why did I follow the alphabet of poetry formats? Why do I write so many poems/rhymes? Why does some of my other writing seem to flow as poetry? Enough whys!

What do I do now that I have completed the alphabet? Start over? Go back and find the forms that I didn't write?

Enough questions.

It's time to try for some answers. Following the alphabet was a way to connect with some poetry styles that I hadn't used before. I have a Poem A Day in February on Facebook for whoever of my friends wishes to join.

Over and over again I have been messaged how healing the experience was for different individuals. I learned that for myself in my own trauma and grief work. It started as journaling.

Because I introduced different poetry forms in that group, I now have more to introduce. I was also asked to teach a beginners' writing class. Because poetry/rhyme will be a part of that, I thought I might find some beginner forms to use with the group.

My writing of poetry/rhyme started about 8 years ago now for me. I was asked to write rap songs for a grandson. Then I went to A Poem A Day in February and I have done that for 7 years. Last year select members decided to have a rhyming day on the eighth of every month.

Vocal gets a lot of rhyming and poems too, when the story will probably not be 600 words. After writing for NaNoWriMo, I will usually write longer stories for a time. Then I find myself going back to 600 words or poetry/rhyme.

A couple of people have commented that they like the flow of my writing. Then one woman said, it is a poem-like flow.

A decision is yet to be made about going back and trying the poetry forms I left behind. Maybe I will go backward from Z to A, recognizing that with a few letters, I could find no format.

I thought I would put a sample of what my following poetry formats by the alphabet would bring.


Easy lift

Now is a gift

Thank you for being swift

We do better without a rift

No shift



Denise Claire Estey Lindquist

is never to be kissed

by her hubby John

when he is chewing snuff or out on the lawn.



Oh Grandma

Grandma, what is wrong with you? — I don’t know nothing?

You are older than dirt, right? — 59 is not!

Grandma, you are the smartest! — old woman you know?

Never mind, I need reiki. — Reiki hey, okay.


Minute Poem

The Month of November

Recognized days in November

to remember

Day of the dead

Day I was wed

Thanksgiving will be here too soon

saw the full moon

Thankful for fall

We had a ball

Native American month now

Please take a bow

We are still here

Miigwech my Dear




Native American

of beauty and spirit


teaching lessons

of seven grandfathers


grandfathers seven

of lessons teaching


spirit and beauty

of American Natives



Her husband has hard, huge, hefty

hee haws, her hubby has hobo humor!

He has humorous, heavenly hits!


Has Honey had horney humiliation?

Honey has hat hair.

Her hymen, his humble home.

Humping, hugging, humming, Ho ho ho.


Hell has heavy hot heat!

Hippies have huge hearts.

Ho, how Hope helps handle him.

Her head has horse hair.

Her hotel host has hot heavy hands.


Helping her he hesitates.

Have hotdogs, hamburgers, hashbrowns?

Hominy, hearty healthy hotdish,

Heineken, Hamms, highball, ho ho ho?

Hubby, he’s huge, happy, honored.

Help him home.


Herman, honestly handles her hearse.

He’ll help her headstart humbug hill.

Hey, how humility helps hate.

Hyacinth, hibiscus, hollyhocks.

How happy Heaven has her.

Happy holidays, Harmony, Helen,

Holly, Harriet, Henrietta!


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About the Creator

Denise E Lindquist

I am married with 7 children, 27 grands, and 12 great-grandchildren. I am a culture consultant part-time. I write A Poem a Day in February for 8 years now. I wrote 4 - 50,000 word stories in NaNoWriMo. I write on Vocal/Medium weekly.

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  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarran3 months ago

    Oooo, going from Z to A seems like an excellent idea! Your Clarihew, Imayo and Tautogram made me laugh so much!

  • Conor Darrall3 months ago

    Oh my word, I cannot tell you how much I love this!! I adore poetic form, and really enjoy playing about with it! The simplicity of this post belies such skill and craft and expertise. I would LOVE (please, if you ever had the inclination) to read a Terzenelle or a Villanelle from you. Oooh, or a pantoum. Your posts make me feel really giddy and excited about writing. I really think that magic is so worthy. Thank you :) x

  • Babs Iverson3 months ago

    Awesome!!! Loved it!!!💕❤️❤️

  • Mother Combs3 months ago

    So now you're teaching 2 classes. You've taught us here on Vocal who follow you, and you'll be teaching your RL class soon. <3

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