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Good Day, Poets!

Today I present to you a poetry form that I hope will intrigue you enough to try it. It is called Palindrome Poetry.  Most of you already know that a palindrome is a word that reads the same forward and backward. Palindrome Poetry, which can also be called Mirror Poetry, works with sentences rather than with letters.  The poet uses the same sentences (or almost!) forward and backward.  I find that writing in this way often makes for a very strong and meaningful poem.

Here are two excellent articles I found online, which include some good examples of this kind of poetry:    Artistic Creation & Palindrome Poetry.  I think the best way to understand the concept is to study some examples, such as the ones in the previous articles. They won’t take you long to skim!

A few years ago I wrote a Palindrome Poem.  Take a look at it, as I think it shows very clearly how Palindrome Poetry works:

The Letter

How much pain can a heart withstand
she held the envelope in her hand
the letter he had written with his pen
she read words of love again and again
it had only arrived just yesterday
three days ago her world turned gray
she never dreamed it would end like this
how well she remembered his good-bye kiss.

How well she remembered his good-bye kiss
she never dreamed it would end like this
three days ago her world turned gray
it had only arrived just yesterday
she read words of love again and again
the letter he had written with his pen
she held the envelope in her hand
how much pain can a heart withstand.

Here is another good example written by Gabriella:

ASIAN MARKET

From the west to the east
i set foot on foreign soil,
surrounded by total strangers.
the bustling streets of local markets,
unfamiliar stalls, busy vendors.
the smell of fish and steaming soups,
colorful vegetables, exotic fruit,
century eggs, all kinds of soy.
the eagerness to understand and belong
while the customs are not mine.
i’m left with no alternative,
i savor the moment and smile.

I savor the moment and smile,
i’m left with no alternative
while the customs are not mine.
the eagerness to understand and belong.
century eggs, all kinds of soy,
colorful vegetables, exotic fruit,
the smell of fish and steaming soups.
unfamiliar stalls, busy vendors,
the bustling streets of local markets.
surrounded by total strangers,
i set foot on foreign soil,
from the west to the east.

I hope I have inspired you to try your hand at Palindrome Poetry.  Once you start, you will find it is kind of fun!

What to do after you have written:

• Post your poem to your blog

• Add a link to your poem via the ‘Mr Linky’ below

• Read and comment on other people’s work to let them know it’s being read

• Share via your favorite social media platforms

• Above all- have fun!