Write a poem as that uses every letter of the alphabet at least once

I am feeling extremely random today. I am filled with brief thoughts but cannot seem to paste them together into a coherent article. Time keeps passing and I know people want their prompts. Anyone who blogs knows that this can only result in a list post. So without further ado:

Six random thoughts about poetry:

  1. You should buy at least four new books by current poets each year. It isn’t that much money and it helps support poetry. If you ever write a book you will want other people to buy it, so the least you can do is help others. Also, reading new poetry should be a pleasure worth paying for.
  2. iTunes has a dedicated section for spoken word performers. It is another great place to find poetry and support the poets directly.
  3. Every poet, and every writer, should keep a journal or some other method or recoding their thoughts with them for the moments when inspiration strikes. My iPod Touch does the job for me in a pinch, but nothing beats the look and feel of a real journal.
  4. Sometimes it is good to get out of the house when you write poetry. Six places I’ve enjoyed writing poetry at are:
    • The beach
    • Poolside
    • Long car rides
    • Sidewalk cafés
    • The park
    • The mountains
  5. You should schedule a time, at least once a week, to write poetry. If writing poetry matters to you, make it a priority.
  6. Everyone who writes poetry has their own reasons. I write poetry because I enjoy it, because I have something to say, because it lets me process my thoughts, and because I like to think of myself as a poet. What are your reasons?

Finally, there are five days left and as you may be able to tell, my topics are running a bit thin. Do you have any questions? I’ll answer them if I can.

Today’s Poetry Prompt

Write a poem as that uses every letter of the alphabet at least once.

Arizona

Give up on that idea of the old west
We have skyscrapers
Speed cameras
Master planned communities
Lighting pollution laws
Major league baseball
Football
Basketball
And hockey
At the moment
We have high tech jobs
Phone centers
Fast food
Chain restaurants
Microbrews
Casinos
Megamalls
Outlet malls
Fashion malls
Night clubs
Strip clubs
Sex shops
Indoor stadiums
Outdoor concert venues
Museums
Amusement parks
Water slides
Ski resorts
Health spas
Day spas
Face lifts
Liposuction
Laser hair removal
Lasik surgery
Every dream
Every vice
Everything under the sun
Our big badass sun
Come take a look
And bring money!

7 thoughts on “Write a poem as that uses every letter of the alphabet at least once

  1. Every letter? In a poem? Fine.
    I like rhythemic poetry, and with my recent responses about comical verse…
    I thought I’d try an anapestic variation on a limmerick….
    Just one stanza. My hats off to anyone who can make one shorter…
    (my appologies to Rosemary, in case she takes offense, none was intended)

    You can sort it all out…

    I was married to a beautiful fox,
    now her in-laws have heads full of rocks,
    I kept wond’ring if it was because
    her whole family came here from Oz,
    while she claims that I’m just a vain ox.

  2. A gesture

    An elderly man with his arm around the
    Back of an old lady
    Crossed the road
    Directly in front of me
    Engaged in
    Familiar conversation among couples with
    Great many years under their belts

    Holding hands
    In front of me and
    Just a single gesture
    Kept my attention
    Long after they were out of sight
    Maybe it was the camaraderie
    Not that they were
    Offensively close in a
    Public space

    Quite the contrary
    Really
    Subtle was
    The gesture that implied
    Understatedly
    Very much of closeness
    Without the need to be explicit
    Unlike many young couples engaged in
    X-rated behavior
    You should only see in the
    Zoo and not in public spaces.

  3. Opps. Error in the last stanza.

    “The gesture that implied
    Understatedly
    Very much of closeness
    Without the need to be explicit in
    X-rated behavior
    You should only see in the
    Zoo and not in public spaces.”

  4. Extreme Weather

    Coming in from the coast
    I thought what a fine morning
    the sky clear after last night’s dust,
    but approaching Murwillumbah I saw
    thick haze along the Border Ranges
    the highest peaks almost invisible
    ghostly traces behind the white.

    As I unpacked the car, while the wind
    came in buffeting gusts, I felt it
    in the back of my throat, stinging.
    Water couldn’t quench that fire,
    it wasn’t exactly thirst.

    It’s still here, I can feel it now
    just as a tickling cough – even though
    mid-afternoon I was wracked
    by sudden sneezing, explosive,
    over and over, and shivers
    ran down my back.

    I have the central desert
    inside my body. I don’t know
    if or when or how it will ever leave.
    Too much and it might kill me.
    So far it is not too much. This time.

    By noon we could no longer
    see it in the air. The sky was blue,
    the sun shone, the day grew warm.
    On the television screen tonight we saw
    the rapid floodwaters in the Philippines,
    rivers through Manila streets
    I walked in ’78; counted our blessings.

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