Kim Barney


Julianne Acrostic - Poem by Kim Barney

Joyful as a summer sunrise,
Unfamiliar with a frown.
Lively as a restless pony;
Indeed, you just can't keep her down.
Always cheerful, always smiling,
Never gloomy, never blue,
Never a need for reconciling,
Ever caring about you.

Topic(s) of this poem: youth

Form: Acrostic


Poet's Notes about The Poem

When I was a public school teacher, at one school we used to have an 'Awards Breakfast' four times a year, and six 'Students of the Month' would be chosen, one boy and one girl from each grade. These students would be selected by a panel of teachers after having been nominated by some of the teachers who taught them. After each student was selected, one of the teachers who taught him/her (and had been one of those who nominated) would be asked to present this student at the awards breakfast.
I was asked to present Julianne at one of these breakfasts. I read the comments the other teachers had given about her, and then had some comments of my own, including this poem. It is not word for word the way it was then, twenty or thirty years ago, but is as close as I can remember it.

Notice that the first letter of the first word of each line spells out her name: JULIANNE

For a similar poem of this type, see my poem 'Todd Theodore'.

Written as remembered
04 October 2014
Recife, Pernambuco, Brasil

If Julianne's parents ever see this poem (or if Julianne herself sees it) and can give me a copy of the original wording (I know this one is 95% correct or more) I would be happy to change it here.

Update: 10 March 2015
Since Poem Hunter has added video to this poem, in spite of the fact that my profile says I do NOT want video added to any of my poems, I am resubmitting this poem with a new title. I will then delete the other one with that awful computer voice that PH added.

Comments about Julianne Acrostic by Kim Barney

  • (3/10/2015 4:36:00 PM)


    This is a really great poem....and it must bring back cherished memories... (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Poem Edited: Wednesday, December 7, 2016


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