C is like an egg cracked in half for a cake
H is like a ladder climbing up to a fire in a window
A is like an arrow pointing forward
R is like a duck sideways looking for bread
L is like a person’s back and legs
O is like the bright moon shining all over Scotland
T is like a pogo stick jumping over Britain
T is like a hammer hammering into wood
E is like a bed with pillows and covers
About this poem
An acrostic is a poem where the first letters of each line join up to spell a word. Try writing an acrostic poem using your own name as the spine.
This poem was reproduced on a postcard for National Poetry Day 2006. Eight poetry postcards are published each year by the Scottish Poetry Library to celebrate National Poetry Day and are distributed throughout Scotland to schools, libraries and other venues. The theme for 2006 was identity. You can find out more about National Poetry Day in our National Poetry Day pages, where you’ll also find resources to go with the poems.