Welcome to the website of Harry Hunter, author of Christian fiction.
This website contains lots of acrostics that can be freely used in church magazines and similar miscellanies, as well as for personal enjoyment. If you like this site, please share it with your friends and your church magazine editor.
Acrostics mean a lot to me because they are a memorable way of finding new insights into and reflecting upon a familiar topic. They are quite hard to write, especially if you want them to rhyme, but that’s the main point – they force you to re-appraise what you thought you already knew.
From time to time I add a new one, so here’s an acrostic to mark the “beginning of the end” hereabouts of Covid pandemic restrictions. It’s called A Time To Embrace, inspired by Ecclesiastes 3:5
At first we thought it would not last very long,
This ‘new normal’ of elbow bumps – we were wrong.
It became a time for us to refrain from embracing,
Mouthing our kisses from a two-metre spacing.
Encountering friends, we stopped short and withdrew,
Touching became a luxury, hugs became taboo.
Old folk close to death could not understand
Eye-moist loved ones who would not hold their hand,
Masks covered lips that craved a final kiss –
Bidding last farewells was never meant to be like this.
Relatives and friends severed by borders and oceans
Awaited a chance to share long-suppressed emotions.
Covid’s grip is loosening: soon we’ll re-discover touch,
Embracing friends and family we’ve missed so very much.
Harry Hunter is the pen name of a retired academic who lives with his wife (and cat) at West Kilbride on the Ayrshire coast.
Harry also writes books (follow the Books tab at the top). His latest novella – “The Kilfinan Treasure” – was published in spring 2019 by Instant Apostle. If you would like to buy a copy, please consider ordering it from West Kilbride’s (very quick and efficient) Timberbooks.
A useful tip! If you are copying acrostics for use elsewhere please check that the initial letter of each line remains highlighted, or else readers often don’t realise it’s an acrostic.
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