Commentary and Philosophy Poetry posted December 8, 2017

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An Equation of One Self Over Another

by michaelcahill

Abecdarian Poem Contest Winner 

An Equation of One Self Over Another

Are you enamored of days gone by
     bothered and bewildered by these times?

Can you not see the folly of the past?

damnation is cast in shadows
      ever shimmering in the haze of
               forgotten pain and shame

goodness knows some reckoning
      had to be derived
it always comes along
joining the parade as it were

knowledge though can be skewed
   learning can be forgotten
   meaning can be perverted

new ideas may change
   old thinking in ways never
       pondered before

questions arise

reason finds a new twist

solemn oaths
       turn into nursery rhymes

undertones of freedom lost shout

 "VICTORY" in vain

when slavery has returned
X becomes your signature

you ... never were

zero is your sum


Writing Prompt
Write an abecdarian poem, using the 26 letters of the alphabet chronologically. An abecedarian poem 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.

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