National Poetry Month 2021,  Poetry


Almost all (and there weren’t many) the poetic forms I found for “P” had something to do with repetition of lines or words. But I didn’t want to wuss out and just do a prose poem, since I’m trying to experiment with forms I’ve not written before. So, I’m going to go ahead and give this one a go.

For the palindrome poem:

  1. You must use the same words in the first half of the poem as the second half, but
  2. Reverse the order for the second half, and
  3. Use a word in the middle as a bridge from the first half to the second half of the poem.

Note: You can’t start the poem with the word “the” unless you plan to end the poem on the word “the.” In fact, avoiding prepositions or articles at the beginning or end of any line is a good idea for this one.

What goes around…

Boys kiss girls
exploring mouths
hidden in moonlit halls
shadowed from prying eyes.
Eyes prying from shadowed
halls moonlit in hidden
mouths exploring
girls kiss boys.

Okay…that wasn’t as hard as I though it might be…although I did have to do some fooling around with lines to make the second half make better sense.

So there’s “P” for the A-Z Challenge. One more day of homage to National Poetry Month down! I’ll see you again tomorrow for “Q” (I think I’ll be doing a quatern).

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  • Mrs Fever

    Oh my.

    I never realized a palindrome could be interpreted in poetic form; I only know palindromes as single words that are spelled the same both backwards and forwards (dad, naan, etc). This would be fun to play with.
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    • Brigit Delaney

      That’s the only definition of palindrome I knew of either. All of the forms I have tried this year have been fully new to me. In fact, I’m fairly certain I haven’t even heard of the majority of them. So it’s been both fun and educational. Plus, I’ve learned about a lot of others that I didn’t use, so I could easily do this again next year with all different forms. I just don’t have any for u or x.

  • windy

    I like this one!

    Okay, fessing up. I actually tried a different kind of poem that you encouraged us to give a try at the beginning of the AtoZ Challenge, but I was too worried it wouldn’t make sense or be too silly or whatever. However, having read some of your links from current posts, in particular one that involved a lot of sexual activity, I think you will get it. LOL So here it is now:

    I”ll stick with the P theme, but not palindrome .

    Practice Echo Verse

    No sex.
    Expect no cock. Raging U.T.I.
    I haveth
    Either kill me quickly or give me an antibiotic.
    Tick tock nasty bacteria
    about time.
    I’m missing his fingers
    erstwhile my clit sleeps
    leaps to life after treatment
    meant for the urinary tract
    Act fast, doctor, fast
    ass. No, that’s what got me into trouble in the first place.
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    • Brigit Delaney

      Oh, I’d never worry about it being silly or not making sense. The joy of poetry is that it is all about playing with language…whatever that means for you. And I totally get your poem! Fucking UTIs… (Thank you for sharing it!)
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