Writing 201: Poetry–Distrust

Trust, Acrostic, Internal Rhyme


Disdain drips from your lips like a summer rain.

I feel the steely bite of your casual refrain,

Secure in the storm of my emotional pain, while

Tears slip slowly falling down – I cannot explain.

Random words meant to cause no harm,

Useless insults brandished with an intent to charm.

Sugary words whispered of an adoring affection –

Trust and dependence my only reflection.

We were to use the word trust, so I used it as distrust.  I found the acrostic and the internal rhyming to be quite challenging, which is a good thing.

The Daily Post shares:

“Acrostics have been around for millennia: they’re a creative way to give order and convey multiple meanings at once while staying fairly subtle.
There have been two prevalent ways to create acrostics. In one, you follow the sequence of the alphabet, beginning each verse in your poem with a different one from A to Z (or to whatever letter you choose to reach — you’re not obliged to cover the entire ABC). This type of acrostic emphasizes the idea of seriality, of accumulation, or of a preset order.
The other type of acrostic is one in which the first (or last) letter of each verse together spell out a message: a short sentence, a word, a name (for example, medieval poets loved writing love poems with acrostics spelling out their beloved’s name).”

Thanks for visiting me today. I enjoy seeing all of you,


Published by Colleen M. Chesebro

An avid reader, Colleen M. Chesebro rekindled her love of writing poetry after years spent working in the accounting industry. These days, she loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. In addition to poetry books, Chesebro’s publishing career includes participation in various anthologies featuring short stories, flash fiction, and poetry. She’s an avid supporter of her writing community on Word Craft Poetry.com by organizing and sponsoring a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called #TankaTuesday, where participants experiment with traditional and current forms of Japanese and American syllabic poetry. Chesebro is an assistant editor of The Congress of the Rough Writers Flash Fiction Anthology & Gitty Up Press, a micro-press founded by Charli Mills and Carrot Ranch. In January 2022, Colleen founded Unicorn Cats Publishing Services to assist poets and authors in creating eBooks and print books for publication. In addition, she creates affordable book covers for Kindle and print books. Chesebro lives in the house of her dreams in mid-Michigan surrounded by the Great Lakes with her husband and two (unicorn) cats, Chloe & Sophie.

30 thoughts on “Writing 201: Poetry–Distrust

    1. Thank you. I spent most of the day painting our bathroom. Then, I jumped into this poem. I hope it sounds o.k. Glad you are enjoying. They will have it again so you can join in then. 🙂


      1. I think I will join next time. In the meantime, I’ll get an advanced peek of the assignments by looking at your blog!


  1. Great poem Coleen I want to throttle anyone that would ever cause your tears, it got me in the gut and I felt so sad for the victim who trusted , the line ‘Trust and dependence my only reflection; was for me the line that gave me a personal reading of the poem. I missed this course but hope to take part in the next one , I spend most of the day now in the garden and as a treat I am looking forward to catching up on the fairy stories here , love the new widgets here at the side makes the site very user friendly . Kindest regards dear friend Kathy xxx

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    1. Kathy thank you so much. I tap into old hurts to write that poetry. I have been following your gardening adventures. I will join you soon. New fairy adventures are forthcoming. 💖 Ron and I are painting the interior of our house. Busy times. 💖

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      1. Poetry is a powerful way to heal old hurts one can get them down on paper and take a few steps back , really wish to do the poetry workshop next time round enjoy reading your poems and blogs. Kathy xxx. good luck with the painting , oh my our house needs paint also , so much to do , but its good in a way like to have a few irons in the fire at the same time here happy days Coleen xxx

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  2. Very nice! I enjoyed it, especially the internal rhyme across lines that I had trouble getting into mine: rain, refrain, pain, and explain (lines 1-4), harm and charm (5-6), as well as affection and reflection (7-8). I guess I was trying to get internal rhymes within the lines, but I think it’s much easier across lines like you have done.

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      1. They’re all new to me. It’s been fun so far. I’ve been surprised that I actually have been able to create three poems. You don’t know unless you try.


  3. This is one of the best poems I have read for this topic. I love your choice and control of words as well as the consistent rhythm. Inspiring! Thanks 🙂

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  4. That was great! Several of my blogger friends, like you, are taking the Writing Poetry challenge and coming up with great poetry. This is one challenge I stayed away from, no talent for writing poetry (except maybe the random haiku). Keep up the good work!!

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  5. I really enjoyed this. I love poetry with words that form intelligent, coherent thought and meaning; and the flow when read out loud is good.


    1. On no, so true not me. I can write the saddest poetry and be perfectly happy. I hope that doesn’t mean that I am deranged or something. ❤ 😀


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