Hi, my name is Alys Jackson and I'm a poet and writer

based in Adelaide, South Australia.

My work has been published in magazines,

anthologies and online.

The River Goes to Sleep

Ripples leave their

Imprints on a soft and sandy rise,

Vines are dipping fingers while the

Evening winks her eyes;

Resting crimson ribbons round the river’s dusty sides.


The River Goes to Sleep is an acrostic poem, a fancy word for a fun idea. To make an acrostic poem you must start each line with the letter of a word or topic. In my poem I chose the word RIVER.

Maybe you could use your name? Each line could be something about you; your hobbies, favourite foods, pets, things you like or dislike? Try it! And have fun.



43 thoughts on “The River Goes to Sleep

  1. hi , my name is Cheyanne I come from Elizabeth north primary school I am in year 6 this year I am really enjoy the poem river goes
    to sleep I think that it is very descriptive in the word you put in . there was nothing wrong with the poem I love the poem river goes to
    sleep thank you for making the poems for us.


    • Hi Cheyanne, thank you so much for your comments. It is very good to know that you like reading poems and stories πŸ™‚ Bye, Alys

    • Hi Layla, it is so nice to know that you found the poem relaxing – I think that rivers can be very relaxing, don’t you? Bye, Alys πŸ™‚

  2. H appy when I am swimming
    A great lot of fun
    N ice warm water
    N o bad thoughts come over me
    A lways with my friends
    H appy as can be
    Loved your poem, here is one for you.

    • What a great acrostic poem, Hannah! Thank you so much for writing it for me πŸ™‚ You have really made my day!!!! Bye, Alys

  3. Loved your acrostic poem Alys Jackson as always from Jacinta β€οΈβ€οΈπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒβ­οΈβ­οΈπŸ‘πŸ‘

  4. Loved the poem Alys just a reminder never given up because you are an amazing writer πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

    • Hi Amity, what a lovely comment! I’m very pleased you enjoyed the poem and I promise never to give up. Bye Alys πŸ™‚

  5. It reminds me of my holiday house at the river and i like going there i think you are really good at writing poems and stories keep up the good work from TamekaπŸ˜‡πŸΌβ€
    Tides go to sleep
    As the sun goes to sleep
    Moon rises
    Evening says goodnight
    kind people surround you
    As the moon goes to sleep

    • Thank you for your comments Tameka and what a lovely poem you have written! I think YOU are really good at writing poems too. Bye Alys πŸ™‚

    • Ahhh, thanks Natalee. I promise that I will never give up, and I hope that you never give up too. Bye Alys πŸ™‚ PS: I’m very glad you liked my poem.

  6. Hey Alys, I liked your idea of using something about something you must like. My acrostic poem would be
    Exited all the time
    Xmas in July
    Interesting, fun and curious
    Love always Lexi

    • Thank you Tharinsa. I love writing acrostic poems. And poems about rivers are always relaxing…Bye Alys

    • Wow, I hadn’t thought about it as a game. I guess you’re right. I’m pleased that you tried it out with your friends. See you πŸ™‚ Alys

  7. Hi Alys, great use of personification in this poem. I really like it and at school we’ve been doing a lot of poems.

    • That’s great to hear, Thenumi. Poetry is such a wonderful way to express how you feel about things. And so much fun to read πŸ™‚ Bye Alys

  8. Hi Alys,
    I loved your acrostic poem. Last week I did a acrostic poem at school the word was “WITCHES CODROBE”. I enjoyed that.

    T The king of elephants
    I Interested in sports
    R Run like a Cheetah
    A Animal lover (except snakes)
    T Tidy (not my sister)
    H Helpful & happy

    • Lovely acrostic poem Tirath. And I absolutely love the comments in brackets! How very clever. And they made me laugh, too. πŸ™‚ Bye Alys

  9. This poem made me relaxed and calm and I highly recommend for you to continue writing more acrostic poems. The use of personification was quite smart and made me feel as if the river were alive.

    • Hi Chomilka, thank you for the lovely comments, and I will definitely continue writing acrostic poems. πŸ™‚ Bye Alys

  10. I love this poem Alys!

    Table tennis
    Hobbies of reading and sleeping
    Interesting inquries and
    Soft ball playing
    Another busy day
    Maybe another calm day
    Aren’t I busy like a little bumble bee!


    • Thank you Thisama. And what a fantastic acrostic poem you have written. I love the ending. You do certainly sound very buzzy, I mean busy. πŸ™‚ Bye Alys

    • Thank you Roshnai. Poems can paint beautiful pictures that are relaxing to read and leave wonderful images in our minds. Alys πŸ™‚

  11. hi Alys
    New kid in school
    Was the best at everything
    Is the worst at nothing
    No one could beat him

    • Another acrostic poem Nuwin. You have a wonderful imagination and a great way with words. Keep writing! Alys πŸ™‚

    • Wow Nuwin. I love your acrostic poem. You have written a great image of yourself as the new kid. I love the fact that you never gave up. Keep up the amazing ideas. Alys πŸ™‚

  12. Great poem. I like how it rhymes and the acrostic touch. It is really relaxing and I wouldn’t change a thing.

    • Thank you Matilda. It’s nice to know that the poem makes you feel relaxed. Acrostic poems are such fun to write πŸ™‚ Alys

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