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Palindrome Poetry

cabcool
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Poetry Contest

Enter up to three new palindromic (mirror) poems based on any theme.

Competition Description and Rules

A palindrome reads the same forward and backward, like a mirror reflection.

The rules of palindrome poetry are simple, although the process is challenging:

1.     You must use the same words in the first half of the poem as in the second half; however,
2.     Reverse the order of the words in 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.

For this competition:
4.     Minimum 9 lines
5.     Max 3 entries per person (no alternate pseudonyms)
6.     3 weeks only
7.     Winner and runners-up determined by vote count

cabcool
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of little things

a palindrome  

of others  
little think we when  
we withhold kindness—  
frowns and hiss-teeth  
eyes slanting  
words harsh—  
of little things  
we make messes big and  
a w f u l  
and big messes make we  
things little of—  
harsh words  
slanting eyes  
teeth-hiss and frowns—  
kindness withhold we  
when we think little  
others of  

© Copyright 2019 December 31  
by Clyve A. Bowen♫
Written by cabcool
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Jade-Pandora
Jade-Pandora
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Keeping Evil Spirits from the New Year💥


( a Palindrome poem )
  
   
   
chasing  
spirit  
racing brightest ever  
stars scattering  
escape in tandem  
skyward twisted  
hurling spinning  
sparklers sizzling  
hissing guns blazing  
smoking red of  
popping cacophony  
punctuates  
cacophony popping  
of red smoking  
blazing guns hissing  
sizzling sparklers  
spinning hurling  
twisted skyward  
tandem in escape  
scattering stars  
ever brightest racing
spirit  
chasing  
 
 
Written by Jade-Pandora (jade tiger)
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midevil
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Writers Block

 
 
The words will come all dreamers pray as they prepare to write.
Out my window reigns the full moon on this last autumn night.
Should I put to parchment things I’ve heard about this time of year?
And ring louder now the whispered stories that fell soft within my ears.
Strange my candles flame doth bend away from encroaching gloom.
As alone I am I feel a presence bearing close within my room.
Tis hardy nymph or fairy child of sweet and pure felt heart.
Dancing shadows and tethered owners are freely torn apart.
Into the darkness strain mine eyes that’s both alive and with out life.
I wish to shred this blackened specter’s cloak should I beheld a knife.
These later years recall my youth’s nightmarish childhood dreams.
As the comforts that surround me now may not be as they may seem.
Rushing to an open window I hope to further fortify my keep.
I see the rolling meadows fog beyond where swampy creatures sleep.
Up peers the red glowing eyes each of a tortured forgotten soul.
Aberrations dressed in death as black as charred briquettes of coal.
I know them well, I wished them life, they were of stories told.
It’s the tales magic that holds a curse for it never can grow old.
Now for me they have come my days are weak and old.
What’s written is but of a terrible sameness of earlier stories told.
At my hearth I stoke the flames and feed it well with coal.
My spirits comfort grows with the fires light though terror fills my soul.
By fright my vigilance is worn down but I dare not take to sleep
Away slips the slow ebb of time stealing the sanity I pray to keep.
I reason there visions but it’s less the truth than they do truly seem.
More than flights of fancy or haunting ghost of some disturbing dream.
Defenseless am I against these demons not a musket or a knife.
Approaching nearer is that sad moment when I may loose my life.
The logic that once served me well rips my every thought apart.
I savor my gasping precious breath and chest beat of my heart.
This last stand is it to be my grave instead of private rented room?
Like triumphant warriors the dawn appeared to chase away the gloom.
Erupts the quiet din replaced the howls that rudely cursed the ear.
I survive once more the hallowed season to live another blessed year.
The mornings rise herds away the loathsome creatures of the night.
Quaked so great by fear touched nerve never more shall I write.
Written by midevil
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cabcool
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Keeping Evil Spirits from the New Year💥


( a Palindrome poem )
  
   
   
chasing  
spirit  
racing brightest ever  
stars scattering  
escape in tandem  
skyward twisted  
hurling spinning  
sparklers sizzling  
hissing guns blazing  
smoking red of  
popping cacophony  
punctuates  
cacophony popping  
of red smoking  
blazing guns hissing  
sizzling sparklers  
spinning hurling  
twisted skyward  
tandem in escape  
scattering stars  
ever brightest racing
spirit  
chasing  
 
 
Written by Jade-Pandora (jade tiger)
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Jade-Pandora said:

Thanks for setting the palindromic pages ablaze with your entry, JP!

Sincerely

cabcool
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Writers Block

 
 
The words will come all dreamers pray as they prepare to write.
Out my window reigns the full moon on this last autumn night.
Should I put to parchment things I’ve heard about this time of year?
And ring louder now the whispered stories that fell soft within my ears.
Strange my candles flame doth bend away from encroaching gloom.
As alone I am I feel a presence bearing close within my room.
Tis hardy nymph or fairy child of sweet and pure felt heart.
Dancing shadows and tethered owners are freely torn apart.
Into the darkness strain mine eyes that’s both alive and with out life.
I wish to shred this blackened specter’s cloak should I beheld a knife.
These later years recall my youth’s nightmarish childhood dreams.
As the comforts that surround me now may not be as they may seem.
Rushing to an open window I hope to further fortify my keep.
I see the rolling meadows fog beyond where swampy creatures sleep.
Up peers the red glowing eyes each of a tortured forgotten soul.
Aberrations dressed in death as black as charred briquettes of coal.
I know them well, I wished them life, they were of stories told.
It’s the tales magic that holds a curse for it never can grow old.
Now for me they have come my days are weak and old.
What’s written is but of a terrible sameness of earlier stories told.
At my hearth I stoke the flames and feed it well with coal.
My spirits comfort grows with the fires light though terror fills my soul.
By fright my vigilance is worn down but I dare not take to sleep
Away slips the slow ebb of time stealing the sanity I pray to keep.
I reason there visions but it’s less the truth than they do truly seem.
More than flights of fancy or haunting ghost of some disturbing dream.
Defenseless am I against these demons not a musket or a knife.
Approaching nearer is that sad moment when I may loose my life.
The logic that once served me well rips my every thought apart.
I savor my gasping precious breath and chest beat of my heart.
This last stand is it to be my grave instead of private rented room?
Like triumphant warriors the dawn appeared to chase away the gloom.
Erupts the quiet din replaced the howls that rudely cursed the ear.
I survive once more the hallowed season to live another blessed year.
The mornings rise herds away the loathsome creatures of the night.
Quaked so great by fear touched nerve never more shall I write.
Written by midevil
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midevil said:

Hi, midevil

Your entry is profuse with content, sophistication, and meaning.  Thanks for jumping on the palindromic train.

As you take your seat, please review the seatbelt rules again to ensure that you travel in safety and to the right destination.

In other words, check your form against the stated rules.

Sincerely


midevil
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Return With Me

 

“Go,” he says and turns away.
Snow like tears she begs to stay.
Away must be, his sadness swarm.
Stay with her that she’ll be warm.
Swarm around him in my sleep.
 Warm sweet lips she shall not keep.
Sleep his wish may wake some time.
Keep embraced while she is mine.
Time is frozen within his hold.
Mine this season she’s of the cold.
Hold so tight his warm strong hands.
Cold fractured ground where she stands.
Hands still gripped and won’t let go.
Stands, “Return with me.” In the snow.
Written by midevil
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russell_snow
russell_snow
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Growing

(A Palindrome Poem)

Flowers of feast
Yellow, lavender, pink
Hours dripping rain, morning
Rose of scents, calming
Sunshine savory afternoon
Fresh, warm, blooming
Petals falling carefully
Slow fading night
Love on hold
Echoes of light
Breathe to live
Courage
Live to breathe
Light of echoes
Hold on love
Night fading slow
Carefully falling petals
Afternoon savory sunshine
Blooming, warm, fresh
Calming scents of rose
Morning rain dripping hours
Pink, lavender, yellow
Feast of flowers
Written by russell_snow
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NuBorn
NuBorn
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South Africa
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Empty Tombs

       "Palindrome poetry"

Unseen and hidden dark things
Bringing worth and virtue
Adding sense and driven-purpose
In
Separately
Tortured lives
Daily
"MIND-MY-BLOWING"
Screams
&
Shouts
&
Voices
&
Hands reaching out
Of
Empty Graves
Yet
NONE
======
HEARS
======
NONE
Yet
Graves empty
Of
Outreaching hands
&
Voices
&
Shouts
&
Screams
Blowing-my-mind
Daily
Tortured lives
Separately
In purpose driven
And sense adding
Virtue and worth bringing
Things dark hidden and unseen
Written by NuBorn
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NuBorn
NuBorn
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South Africa
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Dark eternity

(A Palindrome Poem)

Eternity from life
contemplating dark days
in pain
Understand
you will end this all
Once,
you have,
felt pain more
and
shed tears more
Accept
Life giving light
is coming-up
SOON
Up-coming is
Light giving life
Accept
More tears shed
and
More pain felt,
have you,
Once
all this end
will you understand
Pain in
Days dark contemplating
life from eternity
Written by NuBorn
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cabcool
cabcool
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Growing

(A Palindrome Poem)

Flowers of feast
Yellow, lavender, pink
Hours dripping rain, morning
Rose of scents, calming
Sunshine savory afternoon
Fresh, warm, blooming
Petals falling carefully
Slow fading night
Love on hold
Echoes of light
Breathe to live
Courage
Live to breathe
Light of echoes
Hold on love
Night fading slow
Carefully falling petals
Afternoon savory sunshine
Blooming, warm, fresh
Calming scents of rose
Morning rain dripping hours
Pink, lavender, yellow
Feast of flowers
Written by russell_snow
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russell_snow said:

Thanks for your entry, russell_snow!
You seem to have followed the rules precisely.  My best regards for your placement in the competition.

PS
If you're not Dr Russell Snow, ENT specialist from Caldwell, Idaho, you're at least a DUP protagonist!

Sincerely

cabcool
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Empty Tombs

       "Palindrome poetry"

Unseen and hidden dark things
Bringing worth and virtue
Adding sense and driven-purpose
In
Separately
Tortured lives
Daily
"MIND-MY-BLOWING"
Screams
&
Shouts
&
Voices
&
Hands reaching out
Of
Empty Graves
Yet
NONE
======
HEARS
======
NONE
Yet
Graves empty
Of
Outreaching hands
&
Voices
&
Shouts
&
Screams
Blowing-my-mind
Daily
Tortured lives
Separately
In purpose driven
And sense adding
Virtue and worth bringing
Things dark hidden and unseen
Written by NuBorn
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NuBorn said:

Empty Tombs has cleverly set up a foolproof structure to ensure linear reciprocity!  Bravo, NuBorn; thanks for participating.  All the best for the competition.

Sincerely


cabcool
cabcool
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Dark eternity

(A Palindrome Poem)

Eternity from life
contemplating dark days
in pain
Understand
you will end this all
Once,
you have,
felt pain more
and
shed tears more
Accept
Life giving light
is coming-up
SOON
Up-coming is
Light giving life
Accept
More tears shed
and
More pain felt,
have you,
Once
all this end
will you understand
Pain in
Days dark contemplating
life from eternity
Written by NuBorn
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NuBorn said:

You've done it again, NuBorn!

Thanks for your entry.

Sincerely


Jade-Pandora
Jade-Pandora
jade tiger
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United States
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Silent Haunting

( a Palindrome )



nowhere
to endlessly haunt
to walking on
old and sad streets
deserted from
dying tears
shining obliquely
yet eternally ghosting
cold moonlight
indifferently
moonlight cold
ghosting eternally yet
obliquely shining
tears dying
from deserted
streets sad and old
on walking to
haunt endlessly to
nowhere

Written by Jade-Pandora (jade tiger)
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cabcool
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You're on form, JP!
Thanks for "Silent Haunting."

Your fluid verbal expressions add class to the proposition.

Sincerely

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