Numerical or alphabetical constraints often are used by writers to add shape and impact to their writing -- and such was the case in a recent speech by Hakeem Jeffries, New York Congressman and Democratic leader of the House of Representatives as he spoke on January 7 ; Jeffries' speech went through the alphabet -- poetically directing his colleagues toward American Values instead of Autocracy, Benevolence over Bigotry . . . . all the way to Zealous Representation over Zero Sum Confrontation. A wonderful illustration of the value of constraints in shaping ideas!
Create an abecedarian poem of your own:
perhaps for a Valentine --
or to celebrate the coming of spring!
Here is a link to previous instances of abecedarian in this blog -- and below is a sample, my abecedarian portrait of a mathematician.
I know a mathematician . . . by JoAnne Growney
every figured guess,
logic, measure, n-dimensions,
resolutely seeking theorems,
unknowns vanish :
wrong xs, ys -- zapped.
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