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With a Diminishing Return: A Diminishing Acrostic Poem (Wait, who uses two subtitles--oops! make that three)

By Randy Wayne Jellison-KnockPublished 4 months ago Updated 4 months ago 1 min read
Top Story - May 2023
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Distraction—with a diminishing return (thanks, Dharrsheena!)

Is traction something this little diversion will gain? (Dear God, let’s hope not!)

Straction sounds like subtraction—yet here I am, adding on

Traction is what I need to stretch before I dive into this

Raction pinion steering for the car—wait, that’s not right

Action—did someone say, “Cut!”

Ction!—(bless you)

Ti on top of a root chord makes it shimmer (or should I have used “Ti on a rainy afternoon is nice, even on this side of the pond”? I’ll let you decide.)

I, on the other hand, never learned to like coffee (except in ice cream)

On a slightly different subject—wait, what was I saying?

N that’s all, folks, for this day's distraction!


About the Creator

Randy Wayne Jellison-Knock

Retired Ordained Elder in The United Methodist Church having served for a total of 30 years in Missouri, South Dakota & Kansas.

Born in Watertown, SD on 9/26/1959. Married to Sandra Jellison-Knock on 1/24/1986. One son, Keenan, deceased.

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  • Missclicked2 months ago

    very interesting, loved it!

  • RM Stockton2 months ago

    This was a fun and clever entry in the Acrostic Challenge, Randy, and a very deserving Top Story selection. Well done! (BTW, where in Kansas did you serve? 'I'm an old Kansas man myself', to borrow a line from The Wizard.)

  • What a fun and ingenious play on words and characters. Very visual and with great rhythm! Well done Randy and good luck🤞

  • Amazing 💖✨📝 Randy❗❗❗❗ Congratulations on your Top Story🎉

  • Heather Hubler4 months ago

    Oh, I loved this one! Nothing better than a good stretch (or massaging) of a few words here and there to get where you're going. This was fantastic, clever fun. Congratulations on Top Story :)

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  • Cathy holmes4 months ago

    Haha. This is great, Randy. Congrats on the TS.

  • Babs Iverson4 months ago

    Super!!! Congratulations onT S too!!!💖💖💕

  • Real Poetic4 months ago

    Well done.

  • Melissa Ingoldsby4 months ago

    Very charming I agree ☝️ with the other comments! Congratulations on your top story

  • Kendall Defoe 4 months ago

    A charming acrostic, sir! Great TS pick!

  • Lamar Wiggins4 months ago

    Back to say Congrats!

  • Leslie Writes4 months ago

    It’s like the kid of stream of consciousness we have while writing, but getting it into this format must have been a challenge! Well done and congrats on the TS!

  • Incredibly creative, congrats on the top story!!

  • Kristen Balyeat4 months ago

    Congrats on top story!!! 💫

  • The Dani Writer4 months ago

    Absolutely ingenious Randy! What an experience to have, reading the way that your mind turned this over from all different angles. Well done on the top story but what you did with this creatively is far beyond that accolade. Woot-WOOT Randy!!!

  • Simon George4 months ago

    Fun, entertaining, and full of personality.

  • Dana Stewart4 months ago

    Awesome! Congratulations on Top Story!

  • Congratulations on your Top Story, well deserved

  • Dana Crandell4 months ago

    Very clever and well-executed, Randy! I got a kick out of the ways you played with the pronunciation.

  • Judey Kalchik 4 months ago

    Lol- needed that!

  • Donna Renee4 months ago

    Yes!!! Congrats on the TS! 😁

  • Whoaaaa! Randyyyy! I'm speechless at your creation here! Now this is brilliance in its finest form! Diminishing Acrostic where the first letter diminishes every line so it matches the letter for the Acrostic. It's like a genius mathematical formula. And you made it work so well! Such clever execution! Excellent work! I'm a coffee addict but I only like drinking it. That too with creamer only, no sugar. But if it's cold coffee, then with creamer and sugar. I don't like coffee flavoured anything like ice cream, cake, cookies, etc. I hope you win this challenge because this was bloody brilliant!

  • Delightfully clever, Randy.💙Anneliese

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