Lillian here, delighted to host Tuesday Poetics.
Are any of you, in some ways, a creature of habit? Since I rejuvenated (never say retired) I’ve started almost every day except Sundays in the same way. With coffee nearby, I read the newspaper, then do the crossword in the paper, and then finally read the comics (but only my favorite ones). Thinking about what to do for a prompt for today, I started thinking about my love for words and wondered if there’s some kind of connection between crossword puzzles and poetry. Searching on the internet I found the article Talking to Poets About their Love of Crossword Puzzles which includes this statement:
“How is a poem like a crossword puzzle? feels like the start to a bad joke. Even though crosswords seem related to poetry on the surface—minute attention to language! love of words! precision!—poets and critics often bristle at the idea of the puzzle, and use it as a metonym for all things that a poem should not be.” It’s a fun article – I recommend it.
Then I started thinking about different forms of poetry and how sometimes, when we have MTB Thursdays, I read the prompt and think oh my gosh!!!! It’s another poetry sudoku! My way of saying, “Eegads, I’m going to be challenged by this prompt!” I must say though, I’ve always enjoyed the challenge and have a feeling of accomplishment when I’ve completed a poem in the required form….although sometimes, I must admit, they are not what I would call, my best posts. But that’s why my blog is called lillian the home poet! 🙂
So moving on….I decided to do two things for you today:
1) create a simple crossword puzzle for you to solve; and 2) explore acrostic poetry because, well…..acrostic sounds kind of like crossword, right?
Here’s my try at a fun crossword puzzle for you. Each answer is an animal. Obviously, I’m not going to be offered a job as a crossword puzzle creator by any reputable newspaper!
2) Acrostic poetry. I decided to expand on the form a bit….so I’ve created what I call an Acrostic Plus.
In an Acrostic poem, the first letter of each line, when read from top to bottom, will spell out a message or a name or a word.
In the Acrostic Plus, the first letter of each line in the first stanza, when read from top to bottom, spells out a message or word(s) and in the second stanza, the last letter of each line when read from top to bottom, spells out the rest of the message or additional word(s).
To me, one of the most important things in both the Acrostic and the Acrostic Plus, is that the poem makes sense. The form cannot overrun the meaning. I suppose that’s the case with any form of poetry.
So here’s my first try at an Acrostic Plus poem:
Do You Hear Me?
Always I think of you
revealing love and joy in your eyes.
Ever recalling, remembering,
your hand in mine as we walked
o’er these vineyards, so many nights.
Unprepared was I for your leaving.
All those years I could not tell
until your mistakes, like confetti
began to rain down like storms.
We used to talk well into the night.
Then, while here, you suddenly seemed to leave.
In those final days, you became but an apparition.
Your ears did not hear me and I knew . . . I . . .
whispered goodbye to you again and again,
my vineyard’s true sun, in what was your final fading.
Reading the “message” in my Acrostic Plus poem, Do You Hear Me: the first letter of each line in the first stanza spell out ARE YOU and then the last letter of each line in the second stanza spell out LISTENING. Are You Listening?
Well I’m sure I’ve completely confused you now and you’re wondering, what is the prompt she’s trying to get at here? I challenge you to either write a poem that in some way relates to a puzzle you’ve been faced with, or includes the word “puzzle”; or try your hand at an Acrostic; or extra points if you write an Acrostic Plus!
PS: let me know in the chat here if you solved the crossword puzzle! 🙂
New to dVerse? Here’s a quick review of the rules for the pub:
- Write a poem based on the writing challenge as described above. Post it on your blog or website.
- Enter your name and direct link to your poem in Mr. Linky.
- Follow the links to other poets. Read and comment on other poems. We all appreciate feedback on our poems.
- Link back to dVerse so others can find us too.
- Have fun!
Hi everyone! I hope you are having a good afternoon or night. Lillian will join us later as she is out of town. Let me know if you enjoy solving puzzles – because I do also. Cheers!
Thanks, Grace! We are stuck in Colorado another day so trying to reply to posts etc on my iPhone. Won’t have access to a computer till tomorrow night late so we’ll see how this goes. 😊🙃
Hello Grace, thank you so much for hosting 🙂 hope you’re having a wonderful day so far. Will make my rounds shortly 💝💝
The bad news is we’ve had many flights home to Boston cancelled including today’s flight. But that means I can tend the pub today (from my iPhone!) and comment on your posts!!
Hopefully we can fly home tomorrow.
So…looks like sometimes finding your way home can be a puzzle…but happy to be here, if even from an airport hotel room on my phone!
Thank you Grace for opening the pub. I can take it from here😊
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
Good to have you here… This prompt was a bit tricky…
Always happy to provide a challenge!
I agree, a challenge to do the Acrostic Plus too.
Loved the prompt, Lillian! Stay safe and have a safe journey back home 💝💝
Glad you enjoyed the prompt!
Glad you and hub are safe in CO. Happy you can host today.
I’m hosting and commenting but oh so slowly…doing it all from my iphone!! Never again will we travel without at least one laptop or my iPad!!!
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
I hope you can find my hidden message… 🙂 it was fun to play with, but I needed the dictionary where you could get wordlists by first or last letters.
I see, all our poems are puzzles by themselves now.
I did the same thing to write the one in the prompt and the one I posted. PS: my first post on mr Linky doesn’t go anywhere. Second one worked. Can you delete the bad one for me? Can’t do that on my phone.
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
It’s deleted now… 🙂
Hello Grace, Lillian, and All. I’m just now searching for the right image for my poem. Lillian I loved writing to your creative prompt! Would one of you please pour me a pint of Magners? This poetry writing is thirsty work.
Coming right up. Glad you enjoyed the prompt!
Thanks much, and Cheers!
Thank you for hosting Lillian! Amazingly I managed to get all the answers to your crossword, but in general I am terrible at crosswords, although I enjoy most word challenges (everyone used to tell me I really needed to try to get on Will Short’s NPR Sunday puzzle because I was so good at it). My mother was a demon with crosswords, probably something to do with the fact that she was trilingual (French, Greek & English).
I may play around with the acrostic in a while; right now I’m supposed to be at work!
Ha! Glad you got all the answers to the crossword. I think knowing Greek helps with puzzles and spelling too. Looking forward to seeing your acrostic plus when you get to it.
Haha, I just wrote an acrostic yesterday!
thanks for the challenge Liliian will catch up with reading after a soak in bath.
Oooh a soak in the tub sounds fabulous. Enjoy!
We’ll for some reason my phone is not letting me comment on your post??? What I was going to write was “Timely indeed!”
I have always loved puzzles. I’m a troubleshooter and problem solver by trade, a Sagittarius, and I first became a poet trying to fit just the right words in just the right arrangement to fit a form – while still scanning and reading as sentences – it is one reason while I still love writing rhyming poetry.
My writing style is very much an assembly of pieces.
ah…you answer the hypothesis that poets love crosswords and/or puzzles!
I too have always loved puzzles of every kind. Have always worked with problem solving and improvements. And as you all know, loves to write on rhyme, in bound and/or repeating forms.
Wonder if that’s a Sagittarius’ trait? 🙂
No expert on Sagittarius vs Taurus (me) vs any other sign. But interesting that so many who write poetry enjoy puzzles too. Glad you posted to the prompt!
Helen Dehner said:
This was great fun Lillian!!! Hope you make it home soon, safe and sound. I penned you an acrostic.
Helen Dehner said:
OH … and I aced the crossword, slight stumble on the Peter.
Oh yes…we are definitely ready to get home! Challenging replying to everyone’s comments and posts from an iPhone!
Morning Lillian, sorry you are stranded! Couldn’t resist your acrostic puzzle … sorry I’ve been a bit distracted .. safe travels.
JUST arrived home last night about 10:30 PM so getting back to reading and commenting today….and on my computer! Hurrah! Glad you enjoyed the prompt!
sure did Lillian, I’d already said to somebody that I bet your plane finally took off and that you were probably in transit 🙂
There was no way I was not going to write to this prompt today! Why write? Poets must!
I AGREE! And so glad you did! Have been stranded in Colorado for three days because of numerous flight cancellations. Just arrived home about 10:30 PM last night so am back to writing and commenting on posts for my prompt….finally! AND I’m on my computer again to do it. Commenting and reading on an iphone is the pits…so very happy to be home.
Fantastic prompt Lil — thanks! 👍 Not feeling clever enough to tackle it at the moment. I will get my head on straight and go after it this evening… 🙂
Look forward to seeing your post! Maybe tomorrow?
Well, well — my muse delivered with an Acrostic Plus… and stirred to flame an old fantasy of mine in the doing… 🔥😏
If 6 across is bear, then I solved your crossword — nice puzzle Lillian.
Nope…..6 across is bees. Bees are sometimes called yellow-jackets! 🙂
I have done crosswords for years. Love them! Thanks for the prompt.
If 3 down is fuse, I solved your puzzle.
3 down is fish. Clue is title of a Dr Seuss book: One Fish, Two Fish., Red Fish, Blue Fish
I can’t believe I didn’t see that!
I’m no good at crosswords. I have sometimes had to resist the urge to hide acrostics and other hidden messages in work correspondence. Here is my entry, which may “strain” the definition. https://poetrytech.com/2021/08/24/circular-reasoning-in-a-row/
I figured out the crossword, Lillian 🙂 Thank you for hosting with this “puzzling” prompt!
Yay for acing the crossword! Glad to see you here tonight😊
Christine Bolton, Poetry for Healing said:
This was fun Lillian! I wanted to use Conundrum but too many ‘U’s for endings 😦
Oooh…I can understand that! Glad to see you here!
This was so fun, Lillian. One guess after another and I promise no cheating, and I got through with the puzzle. I worked in this order: 1, 3, 4, 6, 7 and then bang, lucky guesses I think work. TYSVM… so cool is what you are! Thanks. I worked on a puzzle poem that offers breadcrumbs. And like in your crossword puzzle, mine also features an animal. Will post soon. Thanks so much.
SO glad you enjoyed the prompt and the crossword puzzle too! 🙂
JUST back late last night from 8 days in Colorado that was supposed to be only 5. Flights kept getting cancelled and I only had my phone. No fun to reply, read and post on a phone….at least not for me as I use only my index finger, not thumbs, and it is so painstakingly slow. On my computer, as in now, I can type 80 words per minute! So very happy for a number of reasons to be home! 🙂
brilliant i must try that one
Daunting but fun prompt, Lillian.
Glad you enjoyed it! I’m having fun reading everyone’s posts!
Same here. I am enjoying the variety of responses.
Lill here. Apologies to all…we’re basically traveling all day today to finally get home.
I’ll be back tomorrow to comment on everyone’s post!
Thank you all for accepting the puzzle challenge!
OK….am home, catching up on the reading and commenting….THANKS to all for your patience. AND am delighted to be commenting and reading on my computer again. Using an iphone is not very efficient.
Marion Horton: If you read this, your link on Mr. Linky simply comes back to my prompt page on dVerse. It doesn’t go to your post. I do hope you’ll add another link on Mr Linky that links us to your poem! 🙂
Jane Aguiar said:
Hi, I posted the link of my acrostic poem.