Sunflower acrostic

Happy National Poetry Month!

At Ethical ELA, Bryan Ripley Crandall kicks off VerseLove by inviting teacher-poets to compose acrostics: “Think of your  person, place, or phrase. Lay the letters onto the page as if fallen leaves. Game-on. Write as if you are ‘gifting’ to another, and use each letter to craft an original poem.”

I love acrostics and have long believed this ancient form is underused.

As I pondered a topic, I went to the refrigerator door to start breakfast, and there it was:

The Drawing My Granddaughter Made During a “Sleepover”

Six years old, blissfully
Unaware that it’s the emblem of a 
Nation being invaded, she announces:
Franna, I am making this for you.
Love crayoned on the paper as
Our own special symbol.
When night falls, we put on our pink pajamas
Emblazoned with these light-seeking faces
Radiating joy of now, promise for tomorrow.

She texts me in the evenings sometimes to be sure I am wearing my sunflower pajamas

7 thoughts on “Sunflower acrostic

    • Thank you, Leigh Anne – I think you’re right about people have a new affinity for sunflowers lately. I wonder how many know they’re a symbol of nuclear disarmament and that they can cleanse soil of nuclear toxins??


  1. “Emblazoned with these light-seeking faces” – there’s a LOT to this line, Fran. And I’ve always thought of acrostic as…well, just kind of a poem that spells out a word. I love the description of the process as laying the letters out like fallen leaves. It brings to mind The Road Less Traveled, a path with no leaves yet trodden black. It’s giving me a new insight on the form!

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