This poem requires a bit of preliminary spiel, so I've just copied what I've written on my own blog:
I have fallen a day behind! This poem should have been posted here yesterday,
but I got waylaid. The poem is an abnominal, a form devised by Andrew Philip. The creation of an abnominal
is as fun and exciting as it is surprising and mind-bendingly challenging. In
the end, I found it to be an excellent form for a tribute poem (which is what it
is, essentially). Without further ado, here are the rules, followed by my poem,
written for my partner.
The poem must use only words that contain
letters found in the name of the dedicatee.
The poem should be
20 lines long.
It should be arranged in two-line stanzas,
although other arrangements are permissible.
Each stanza — or
every two lines, if another arrangement is used — should contain each individual
letter of the dedicatee’s name at least once.*
The opening and
closing line should address or refer to the dedicatee in some form, with a
strong preference for not using the name. However, the address in line 20 must
not be a simple repetition of that in line 1; there must be some
There are no stipulations for line
length or other metrical constraints.
The title must be an
anagaram of the dedicatee’s name.
An abnominal for Sarah
So, is she Le One? Oui! Si!
been. Pinup: U R ON
LE BRAIN upon piers’ rails.
Narnian sun, san’,
Lan’-‘rain o’er here. Hop on!
Brap! Shamo(ne) (one's a
Nae pain. Soar in brine-airs,
hon; hear no ruse or harassin’.
Hair raisin-broon; near bulb-
Solar – on a par. Son-bearer,
plush pair o’ (blush). Sleep
In, an’ – aye – snore sub-bass.
Ash S. Raise a posh /
Brash session parsin’ real ales,
(Herps, P.R.A.S*, lesbianism).
Reasons are borin’ bull-sh…
Shine on, lassie: urbanhippie.
*Portsmouth Reptile and