Day 3’s assignment for Writing 201: Poetry is to write a poem about trust, using the form of an acrostic.
- An acrostic is any poem in which the first (or last) letters of each line combine to spell out a word or a phrase, or follow the order of the alphabet.
Here is the result of my effort!
Blind faith does not the basis for true trust make,
Experience after experience is what it will take.
Seeing- hearing, being-doing,
Time, effort and discrimination are a must.
Intuition’s a factor, but inner silence may lead to “knowing” robust.
Let go of the need for perfection, that’s not the aim;
Live, learn, let go, and allow the other to do the same.
The act of writing this poem was an experience in and of itself. I focused on letting go and letting the words emerge rather than trying to force them. When I came to close to finishing it, I was bothered by a couple of lines and wondered if they would be misunderstood. My eyes were then drawn to the line “Let go of the need for perfection, that’s not the aim.” I reminded myself this is my third poem. No one else will expect perfection from me, and I shouldn’t expect it from myself.
Over the next hour or so I tweaked a couple of words. Soon thereafter, I realized the entire poem could be seen as a message to me. I will learn to trust in my ability to write poetry as I continue to write poems!