Sign (an acrostic poem)

Image: theactuarymagazine.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/F3-GettyImages-511085185.jpg

So, he looked for hidden meanings in everything around him

It made him paranoid he might miss something that would lead to a preventable catastrophe

Going through life on tiptoe meant that finding anything underfoot caused him to lose mental balance

Now if he only saw that earlier, he might have enjoyed what that foretold

Tale (an acrostic poem)

Image: upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0f/Campfire_Pinecone.png

Telling a yarn or two sitting around the flickering campfire made Tom happy

As the smoke rose, his words wove an ethereal medium that morphed into great battles and lover’s trysts

Leaving those that heard, speechless, filled with awe, and desperate to experience more

Eventually, the smoke faded away, and with it, Tom. 

Keen (an acrostic poem)

Image: alloutdoor.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/10-GLAMOR.png

Knife was sharp, elbows were out, nose broken

Everything screamed danger to those around him

Everyone scrambled to get away, but they didn’t need to  

No one, including him, noticed that his shoelaces were tied together

Caged (an acrostic poem)

Image: tactical.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/ricardo-gomez-angel-z6CcN8rlftY-unsplash.jpg

Closed off and hurting, licking his wounds

As guards paraded around the bars like small moons orbiting him

Gideon smiled, wiping away the blood from his nose

Everyone thought he was doomed to die at sunrise

Didn’t understand he needed to be close, that he allowed himself to be captured…  Their screams started

Sphere (an acrostic poem)

Image: media.springernature.com/full/springer-static/image/art%3A10.1038%2Fnature.2013.13976/MediaObjects/41586_2013_Article_BFnature201313976_Figb_HTML.jpg

Suns spun in their gravitational dance around the galaxy

Planets pulled around and around each of those hot balls of nuclear fire

How amazing it was that the cosmic dance continued since time eternal

Every clear night she looked up at the dancers above

Reveling in the opportunity to study the performance

Embracing the challenge of cyphering out the music

She loved astrophysics

Starlight (an acrostic poem)

Image: p0.piqsels.com/preview/6/405/273/117kobnrde5ip3kjqhaqbd6l3a.jpg

Stars send speeding photons flying through the nothingness

To land blissfully on my eyes as I look heavenward

Awestruck at the age of the light that graced me

Realizing a small chunk of ancient history

Looking at a place that might not exist anymore

It causes me to pause, wondering what I am casting into the void around me

Giving life to something that will outlast my stay in this universe

Hoping that someone will gaze upon that something and be inspired

To create their own light and cast it into the unknown

Laugh (an acrostic poem)

Image: milwaukeemag.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/GettyImages-1298291139.jpg

Lifting those around her with the strength of her humor

Always trying to coax a smile and plant a seed of happiness

Understanding sometimes people need to cry

Giving them the space in those moments to finish watering their emotional crop

Helping eventually the next crop of the giggles to grow after that soaking

Chorus (an acrostic poem)

Image: renophil.com/wp-content/uploads/Chorus-Page-Header-650×270.jpg

Cacophony of voices raised

Harmoniously lifting the spirits of those around them

Obsessed with the space between the tones

Replicating structures of sound that evoke primal emotions

Unleashing a common experience

Sending that energy into the universe

Canyon (an acrostic poem)

Image: nps.gov/dino/planyourvisit/images/Box-Canyon-Trail_1.jpg

Claustrophobic tall walls keep closing in the farther he fled

As he rounded a corner, he came to a sheer cliff face announcing it was the end of the road

Now all he could do was turn around and confront his greatest fear

Years had passed since the last time he had faced the gunslinger

On that occasion. he had escaped with only losing his dignity

Now it was time to pay for all those years of running…  A single shot echoed.

Boom (an acrostic poem)

Image: miro.medium.com/max/1200/1*euooVW7lfrFM9p7vYPCtUw.jpeg

Bring the explosion of energy to the room

Obliterate any negative thoughts or emotions

Obscure the failings of the past with your positive shockwave

Make those around you rebuild with joy