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You Crack the Poem, You Crack the Ring

By Harriet Staff

mesostic

Here’s a fun (fun?) item from late last week: the Global Times reports that police busted a drug ring after realizing a coded text message was, in fact, an acrostic poem:

Police have arrested 40 suspects after decoding an acrostic poem texted by a drug kingpin to a pair of accomplices in Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province. The swoop was made after the message’s intended recipients, two women assigned to collect him, were unable to decipher the poem.

Police intercepted the text message on March 30 shortly after it was sent by a drug lord, surnamed Lian, who was returning from deal made in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province. The poem literally reads, “I have achieved it, and endless memories make me upset,” the Nanjing daily Modern Express reported on August 8.

Although initially stumped, police soon realized the poem was acrostic. Read top to bottom, the first characters of each line combined to form the message, “pick me up at Magou.”

Not to aid the future would-be drug dealer-cum-poet, but next time you may want to try a mesostic!


Posted in Poetry News on Tuesday, August 13th, 2013 by Harriet Staff.