Paul Hansford


A B C of poetry


Here are some subjects of which I have written
in blank verse, or free, or in rhyme.
I’ve tabulated twenty-six or so,
but might think of more, given time.

Arts and music show our humanity,
but Birds and Beasts also have passions.
Celebrations of joy, or Death and grief,
Events of all kinds inspire Emotions.

F tells of Friends and Family;
G and H, Garden and Home;
and I is Inspiration,
sometimes slow to come.

Jokes and humour entertain us,
or may have the power to move;
and K could be the Key to all secrets
of Language, Life and Love.

Metamorphosis and Magic can change our lives,
and the Natural world can surprise.
Objects of all kinds may inspire,
and Places we visit can open our eyes.

Quirky poems may be Quaint,
though Religion is generally serious.
Scenery and landscape surround us,
but Time is deeply mysterious.

Unfortunately my index doesn’t include
any subjects beginning with U;
but I do have Verse-forms of various kinds,
Villanelle, sonnet, decima, haiku….

Weather and seasons influence us,
and pastiches (by X) may be fun.
Youth and age come to us all in time,
and Z shows a poem’s a fantasy one.

As you see, I’ve forced into an alphabet
some subjects I’ve treated in verse,
and if this is not one of my best poems,
at least I can console myself by thinking that if I had written it differently it could have been a lot worse.

Submitted: Saturday, August 29, 2009
Edited: Saturday, August 29, 2009

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  • Rookie - 15 Points Nivedita Bagchi SPC UK (10/14/2009 11:32:00 AM)

    Billion emotions multiplied by ad infinitum are portrayed by 26 the magic number.
    Nice poetic mnemonic of 26.
    Out of many features of 26 [in numerology] this I find worth mentioning:
    …You have a gift for seeing the larger view, but may neglect the details….’
    So 26 is to be ‘handled with care!
    Ms. Nivedita
    Cordially invite to my page.
    niv (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 15 Points Rup Pokharel (9/10/2009 6:45:00 PM)

    Finely coined piece of art of yours in newest theme.
    I liked it.10++++ ABC of P.... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Jacqui Thewless (9/6/2009 5:59:00 AM)

    Wryly chuckle-worthy, this one. - Think you ought to consider it a personal challenge to write a formless poem on an Unusual Theme (to complete your alphabet) . (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Susan Jarvis (8/31/2009 4:54:00 AM)

    I love this witty revelation on your A B C of poetry. The penulitmate line is a hoot. I'll have to agree with Sonya on the U front - a vast number of your poems are about U! ;) Seriously though, a highly amusing, well crafted poem. S :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Sonya Florentino (8/30/2009 1:04:00 PM)

    i enjoyed this peek at your index cards! but you missed out on U? i don't believe that's true...for U stands for universe and it seems you've written almost everything in it! (Report) Reply

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