Writing, Thinking

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – Weekend Mini-challenge
Fussy Little Forms – Palindrome   (posted b Marian)
“We all know that a palindrome is a word or phrase that is the same when read forward or backward. Like WOW or CIVIC or LOL or HANNAH. (Hi, Hannah!) Heaven (Grace) introduced the palindrome in the Garden a few years back, HERE. It’s the same idea, except that a palindrome poem can read forward and backward word by word or line by line. Here’s a quick example that I wrote for Grace’s challenge, called “Minor Key Riots”:”

night, this feeling
like ripe dahlias–
escaping the laden
shrill étude
that is
Is that
étude shrill,
laden, the escaping,
Dahlias, ripe like
feeling this night–

Are you joking?
Backwards writing–
hard task.
Mom and Pop are sweet palindromes.
Both parents gone now.
Today is sad – –
sad is today–
now gone, parents–both.
Palindromes sweet are Mom and Pop.
Task, hard–
writing backwards.
Joking, you are.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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12 Responses to Writing, Thinking

  1. well tried my friend. Simple and short!



  2. Marian says:

    Ahhh… I really like how this came out, topical and tender for Mother’s Day. Really nice!


  3. that’s simply nice…i felt a depth ..by the end!


  4. annell4 says:

    You are amazing, alone with your poem!! Love them both!!


  5. Amrit Sinha says:

    How did you do this? I loved the way the reverse poem had a new life to it. Brilliant !


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