Saddle Up Saloon: Anyone Can Poem

Written by Chel Owens

Chel is a person, much like you. She also writes occasionally, reads often, mothers daily, and sleeps and eats in her free time.

November 1, 2021

It’s yet another month of Anyone Can Poem. The Management (me) would like to apologize for delays in responding to submitted poetry. I don’t spend all my time ’round these parts, and it’s startin’ to show …specifically, I’m delivering a baby boy this Tuesday and have been busy with cookin’ him.

Now… on to poetry.

I shore hope you took time to run through the steps we outlined last time we gathered. They’re a might helpful for creating any poem.

Speaking of, I think it’s time to try a poetic form. We’ve done simple haiku and limericks. Let’s move on to Acrostic.

Acrostic is easy. Children write Acrostic poems with letters of their name. Bloggers write them with no rhyme or reason…

That’s probably the pregnancy hormones acting up. The point is that this sort of poem does not have to be terrible. And it’s a great way to keep to a form and not get too difficult.

What is an Acrostic poem?

An acrostic is a poem or other composition in which the first letter (or syllable, or word) of each line (or paragraph, or other recurring feature in the text) spells out a word, message or the alphabet.


That’s it! The only trick is that I want you to write your Acrostic while keeping everything we’ve learned till now in mind. You’re only doing yourself a disservice if I see:

Charming as a sloth
Hiding chocolate
Like a sloth

Pick a word. Write or type it vertically down a page so each line begins with each letter of your word. Then, imagine the feeling you wish to convey with that word. I want to feel that whilst reading your entire Acrostic. Gallop round the outline I gave last month and you’ll be golden.

Submissions are now closed. Find our latest challenge to enter.

Finally, share what you wrote. We’d love to read your poem in the comments. Or, feel free to use the form and only I will see it. No stress; just fun.


©2021 Chel Owens

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  1. D. Avery @shiftnshake

    Yikes! I mean, Congratulations! Another “Anyone Can Poem”, another child… you amaze.

    • Chel Owens

      Thanks, D! I’m winging it, but barely.

  2. robbiesinspiration

    Hi Chel, Good luck with your delivery tomorrow, I am sure it will all go well. An interesting form of poetry.

    • Chel Owens

      Thank you, Robbie. I’m trying to cater to all interests.

  3. Charli Mills

    You shore make poemin’ fun, Chel! here’s my go:

    Calling all writers, poets,
    And story catchers
    Ready to grow
    Rich soil
    Out of
    The compost

    • Chel Owens

      Thanks, Charli! A very appropriate poem.

  4. Chel Owens

    Footsteps, shushed
    Amidst Nature’s
    Leavings –

  5. Chel Owens

    An expensive carpet, this
    Underlayment of leaves
    Taken and spread
    Underneath these bare trees.
    Mind you don’t tread as a somber old man;
    Neither should you tiptoe -run, kick, and dance.


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