Riley welch is a poet from texas living in Denver. She posts three original poems a week. 


Last Wednesday, instead of studying for my textiles final like I was supposed to I finished a poem I have been working on for a while. It was a tough one because most of the words in each line start with the same letter. There are 26 lines total, one for each letter of the alphabet, but they are not in alphabetical order.

  1. Long loving lilac limbs loom lengthy and lenient
  2. Over open opal oceans overflowing.
  3. Glistening, gleaming, glowing.
  4. Sighing soft sea salt scented splashes,
  5. Misting muddled massed mosses,
  6. Creeping clustered and close. Clinging to the coasts comfortable core. 
  7. Eating endlessly elegant edges of excess Earth.
  8. Yelping yellows, yawning and yolky.
  9. Jumping junipers jazz juvenilely and jealous
  10. Tickling tall tattered turfs tough tops. 
  11. Numbing notes name new nobles:
  12. Queens quick and quiet,
  13. Kings kind kisses...
  14. Deep, drifting - depleting demons, drafting dreamers.
  15. Royalty's riviera, rough riding rainwaters
  16. All about, abundant, but so adequate.
  17. Violet viola's only vice are vertical venomous vines,
  18. Xanthic and X-ed xylems.
  19. Weeping wisterias well with warm water, waiting.
  20. Planting precious pedestals, perching and prepping their provenance. 
  21. Under undecided untouched underpinning
  22. Heavy hands help heave happy homes.
  23. Zip-locked and zigzagged, leaving zilch.
  24. Beautifully buoyant, bouncy and brilliant - blue brine,
  25. Feeling first and fresh, finally free but forceful.
  26. In-between iridescent indigo impacts - impassive. 
Riley Welch


Table 4