I’ll say it here and now: Writing a diagonal acrostic is difficult.
Remember that in an acrostic poem, the first letters of each line, when read in sequence vertically, form a word or a phrase. The diagonal acrostic is like that, only it’s … well, diagonal. The reader would have to take the first letter of the first line, the second of the second line, the third of the third, and so on per each stanza.
Poems written in this form are ideal for … say, monthsaries for example. My boyfriend found the message in the poem below in just under ten minutes.
Gusts of cool, heavy winds flooded the grass—
Such a stunning sight, as they lay untouched.
Fringed in each other’s grip—fragile like glass;
Sweltering, unmoving in the billows.
Intertwined—a love that coruscates in the gloom.
Lips quivering to the strength of the gale—
Somber eyes; piercing, frigid daggers.
Love to be tested (such would appear);
Relentlessly lashed, hands intertwined.
Yell to the heavens, a love that shall not succumb
To the fires of hell, nor the winds or the seas!
Shunned be it so, but shall never concede.