Iroha Mokigusari

Iroha Mokigusari is a kind of Japanese Alphabet Poem. The Iroha Mokigusari takes the acrostic alphabet poem another step, beginning and ending each line with sequential letters of the alphabet The structure is flexible but usually will follow some form of the alternating 5-7 lines.

answers, terse and glib
cause reactions best unsaid
even off the cuff
growling, complaining too much
insensitive hadj
keening, sounding the death knell
mourning in the rain
objecting with a loud clap
quelling a mad war
stone silence defies combat
unwelcoming spiv
who prey on the opposite sex
yell NO! Take a whiz!

(I won’t even put my initials on this one. If you are laughing, you try it….) 

Pasted from
My thanks to Judi Van Gorder for years of work on this fine PMO resource.

Related forms: ABC PoemsAbecedariusAlliterated Alphabet Poem, Alphabeastiary, Iroha Mokigusari, Twenty-six letter, twenty-six words

My example

Mixed Results (Iroha Mokigusari)

Any chick looks chic
Dancing in evening attire
Friendly girls giggling,
Having pastrami
Just sliced by my robust cook,
Ladies on my arm
Nudging libido
Past the point I need a tranq.
Royalty arrives
Then there’s a snafu;
Victoria starts to show
Xeroxes of my
Zany friends light verse.

© Lawrencealot – September 3, 2014

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