A Poem by Ellen Hammond

This is my first attempt at an abecedarian poem, which is a special form of an acrostic poem in which the initial letters of the words beginning each line or stanza spell out the alphabet in order.



As I  lie here musing,
Beneath a tranquil sky,
Cherishing the moment,
Dreaming of days gone by;

Every precious memory
Flows gently thru my mind;
Gossamer  wings  eclipsing
Heartache and words unkind.

If perhaps we had known,
Just when your ship sailed,
Kindred  souls  betrothing,
Love  may have  prevailed.

Moonbeams softly glowing,
Ne'er more will calm my fears.
Our future hopes...vanquished.
Promises, drowned with tears.

Questions  left  unspoken....
Resounding through my soul,
Still  demanding  answers.....
Taunting,  I'll ne'er be whole.

Unforgotten sweetheart,
Venture once more to me,
Where  our  love  ignited.
X  ever marks our tree.

You'd still be with me. But,
Zion set your spirit free.

(c)Ellen Hammond

© 2009 Ellen Hammond

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Look what you have written! The AbC's of love. It took you to spell it out for those of us who have allowed a little ice to form around the edges of our heart. To have love and lose it, through death is a tragedy and through other aspects in life it is painful. Either way, it always leaves us with unanswered questions. Sometimes though it can leave us with very sweet memories to revisit. I am glad you retain those.

Posted 12 Years Ago

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great,i did not know of any such form,first thanks for informing,the idea of loving and losing,tremondous write,i couldnot love it more,it was sonorous and calming,beautiful

Posted 11 Years Ago

Beautiful poem ... full of quiet reflection ... form a poem ... so many feelings in this poem ...
great job Hellen.

Posted 11 Years Ago

congratulations!! you turned the alphabet into a poem
i have never been able to do that
to write poems like this....
where i have to write with a certain first letter....

Posted 12 Years Ago

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wow! this is amazing. i wish i could write this good..this great. this peice really shows your level of skill. i love it

Posted 12 Years Ago

Great work! Think I just came across a new found favourite. Definitely onbe of the best poems of come across on this site so far. This is so well written. 10/10!

Posted 12 Years Ago

You did a great job on the abecedarian. I must give this a try someday. I did try a palindrome though, the mirror image type it was fun. Great poetry treatment on the ABC's of love. Smiles M.

Posted 12 Years Ago

This is terrific..a good write and even the use of hard to use letters was excellent..God bless..Valentine

Posted 12 Years Ago

That is a very sad poem, but very real. I read your profile for some reason, though I seldom read them. I found myself wondering if your boyfriend was also involved in the accident, or if you are only writing about a relationship that ended. The poem spoke to me about losing my parents. Very well written.

Posted 12 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Nailed it. I am too busy learning from you to give you any pointers.


Posted 12 Years Ago

WOW!! that was some kind of wonderful, the rhyming was so beautifully written I read it twice just to savor it's splendor, and to think it was done alphabetically, simply a creative genius.
excellent write.

Posted 12 Years Ago

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Added on June 15, 2009
Last Updated on June 21, 2009


Ellen Hammond
Ellen Hammond

Saint John, N.B., Bay of Fundy , Canada



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