Hi, my name is Alys Jackson and I'm an author and poet

based in Adelaide, South Australia.

My work has been published in books, 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.



67 thoughts on “The River Goes to Sleep

  1. Dear Alys,

    I liked how you thought of this Amazing poem and how made it a acrostic poem.


    • Acrostic poems are so much fun to write! I highly recommend giving it a go, if you have time 😊😊 Thanks Ranulaka

  2. Dear Alys I love acrostic poems it’s my favourite tipe of poem so here’s mine


    Idea mechine

    • Thank you for sending me your acrostic poem, Yehanya. They are great fun to write, aren’t they?! 😊 Alys

  3. Dear Alys
    Here is my acrostic poem (hope you like it) :

    • I LOVE your acrostic poem, Thinara – and you are definitely ALL of those things, because your comments are always Thoughtful, Happy, Intelligent, Nice, Amazing, Respectful and Awesome. Well done! Alys 👌👏👍😊

  4. Hi Alys,
    I liked this acrostic poem on river. You made this poem beautiful with your magic words. I’m trying my best in this one. I hope you like it.
    I – Integrity
    S- service
    H- humility
    R- respect
    I- imaginative
    T- twisties, my favourite snack😀

    • Hi Ishrit. I’m sorry to take so long to reply. I have been away. I absolutely LOVE your acrostic poem. I think you have chosen some very powerful and very important words – and I adore twisties 😄😝. I think you should try writing lots more poetry!! Alys

  5. Hi Alys
    I loved this poem. I DON’T like writing acrostic poems because they are way to hard for me
    but I do like reading them and yours is the best one yet. Can you please give me 3 tips on
    how to write an acrostic poem? And how long did it take for you to come up with this
    pleases tell me.`

    • Hi Tiaana, yes acrostic poems can be difficult. Maybe try thinking about a topic you really love. I don’t know. Maybe…a hobby or a time of year. You will need then need to choose a word for the poem. Next brainstorm and write down as many words that you can think of that match the topic you choose. You might well come up with some words that will be perfect to start each sentence in an acrostic poem. Tricky but fun to try 🙂 Alys Please show me your poem, if you have a go!! And good luck. Every poem is a good poem…

  6. Hi Alys,

    I really liked your poetry. I love acrostic poems and I love how you used great descriptive words.
    Great Poem!


    • Thank you Janna, it’s lovely to hear that you enjoy acrostic poems. They can be such fun to write. I wonder if you have ever tried writing one using the letters in your name?! 😉 Alys

  7. I like this type of poem, you can describe the topic without having to find rymthing words, it’s something hard to find rymthing words. Reading your poem it gets you imagining the scene.

    • Thank you Xavier. I enjoy writing acrostic poetry because it’s such fun to try and find the best words for the topic. How about giving it a go using ‘your favourite hobby’ perhaps. Alys 😁

    • Yes, it is relaxing to write,too. You should try writing one using the initials of your name 😉 Alys

  8. Hi Alys,I loved the words you choose to describe the word RIVER.
    Here is mine 👏????
    J – joyful
    A – awesome
    P – playful
    L – lovely.
    E – excellent
    E – elegant
    N – never sad
    Like it? Can you please suggest some
    other words?🙂🤝

    • LOVE it Japleen! You sound like an amazing person – Never sad – wow. You must be very positive. You asked for some more words (to make an acrostic poem?) … How about: waterfall or summer. Can you make a poem to describe these words? Alys 🙂

  9. I really like this poem because l love the river. My Aunty lives in Waikerie and she lives right near the river.
    My name is Mikayla and my friends and I make acrostic poems with each other’s names all the time, but I didn’t know that they were called acrostic poems.
    Love Mikayla

    • That’s great to hear Mikayla. Acrostic poems are such fun. I must admit I’ve never tried making one using my name…must give it a go 🙂 Alys

  10. 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 🙂 Alys

    • 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 🙂

  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 🙂

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

  12. 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. 🙂 Bye Alys

  13. 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. 🙂 Bye Alys

  14. 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. 🙂 Bye Alys

  15. 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 🙂 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 🙂 Alys

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

  16. 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

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

  17. 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 Tameka😇🐼❤
    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 🙂

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

  18. Loved your acrostic poem Alys Jackson as always from Jacinta ❤️❤️😃😃⭐️⭐️👍👍

  19. 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 🙂 You have really made my day!!!! 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 🙂

  20. 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 🙂 Bye, Alys

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