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The V Word

an abecedarian poem

By J. S. WadePublished 6 months ago Updated 6 months ago 1 min read
Top Story - January 2024
The V Word
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All writers share one condition.

Babes to adults, one affliction.

Confidence, in one thing matters.

Defining self, our pens to master.

Every bard is clawing, scrawling,

Fighting, laughing, blaming, bawling.

Going to sleep, awakening to hell,

Hurling our truths, the world to tell.

Inset paranoia racks our work,

Judges, like gods, drive us berserk.

Kaleidoscope’s flash on challenge day.

Losing with class. “Congrats” we say.

“Magnificent piece” is honestly said,

Noting their prize, we climb into bed.

One day, some way, my name they’ll call.

Prizes are nice, but in light of it all.

Quintessentially speaking, we aren’t weak.

Retrospective, the V word brings peace.

Singular is this one thing we need.

Typing, tapping, and plowing weeds.

Understand, the thing we desire,

Validation is all, it’s how we are wired.

Winning is great but kudos rule.

Xyris, the wine of writing fools.

Your eyes see us, our work is read,

Zestfully destroying our writers dread.

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J. S. Wade

Since reading Tolkien in Middle school, I have been fascinated with creating, reading, and hearing art through story’s and music. I am a perpetual student of writing and life.

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Comments (37)

  • Andrea Corwin 4 months ago

    I'm sorry I missed this in January. Really true! Congrats on TS.

  • Joe O’Connor5 months ago

    So many good lines in here, and this speaks to the heart of what it means to create something for other people to study. "Your eyes see us, our work is read, Zestfully destroying our writers dread." is excellent, and this flows so well that I didn't even realise it was an Abecedarian! Well done:)

  • Lamar Wiggins6 months ago

    Hurray! The V word comes through. Excellent play on words, Scott and Happy New Year!

  • This is amazing! I was genuinely just enjoying it and appreciating how it pulled out concepts of writing that I resonate with, and I didn’t even notice it was an abecedarian until we hit X. Very very cool.

  • Melissa Ingoldsby6 months ago

    Excellent form and execution with a relatable message about creating 💕👌

  • PK Colleran 6 months ago

    Validation is definitely "it" !! Excellent abecedarian and the rhyming couplets added to the fun. Great Top Story.

  • Leslie Writes6 months ago

    This is great! Kudos and congrats on the TS 😀

  • Sid Aaron Hirji6 months ago

    loved it

  • Atomic Historian6 months ago

    I love your poem

  • Thavien Yliaster6 months ago

    Validation works wonders for the topic of discussion. Victory? On the other hand, might have repercussions. Valor is needed to take the demonstrate Valuing our work, while others pontificate Vying about how they should've won Verifying that there's more work they should've done Value is subjective even with guidelines in place Vices of perfection won't allow one to move forward and face Valiantly the music that they need to hear Verbosity jabbers forever, brevity speaks Volumes of what's near and dear Veils are lifted once Victors are announced Visiting Vocal's Variety provides new Views, not just reads but Vineyards of inspiration that begin to seed Visions validify traversing Veils Vivid stories built of words, like ships, set sail Ventilating Vindications Violently, Vitally, writers search for Validation

  • Hayley Matto6 months ago

    This is great, brought on chuckles and cringes inwardly at the absolutely human truths being tossed at us. Well done!!

  • Phil Flannery6 months ago

    You nailed it.

  • Donna Fox (HKB)6 months ago

    Scott this was incredible!! I love what you did here, everything from the rhyme scheme to the flow of it all was beautifully executed!! Great work and congrats on Top Story!

  • Raymond G. Taylor6 months ago

    Masterly done and congrats on the TS

  • Back to say congratulations on your Top Story! 🎉💖🎊🎉💖🎊

  • Tiffany Gordon 6 months ago

    Phenomenal! 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

  • Paul Stewart6 months ago

    Back to say congrats on a fine and deserving Top Story!

  • Caroline Jane6 months ago

    Wise and clever! Love it.

  • Dana Crandell6 months ago

    I was hoping to see an entry from you on this one, Scott, because I knew you'd knock it out of the park. This did not disappoint. Congratultions!

  • L.C. Schäfer6 months ago

    This flows beautifully, I'm a bit jealous! Do we really all want the V word, though? I dunno, it's nice, but the older I get the fewer effs I give 😁

  • Judey Kalchik 6 months ago

    Congratulations on the Validation of Top Story honors on this piece!

  • D.K. Shepard6 months ago

    Great concept! And excellent abcedarian!

  • Cathy holmes6 months ago

    Congrats on the TS.

  • dre.amerwithapen6 months ago

    Loved this. Each line is crafted with a masterful cadence.

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