Palindrome Poem

I read a timely post yesterday by Annika Perry on the value of, and more importantly the cost of, writing for and entering competitions – Ironically, I had been writing a poem to enter in a competition this morning, but hadn’t checked the small print… it was only open to members. Paying members. There didn’t even seem to be an option to pay to enter this one competition – it was all geared up for monthly membership, which I’m not interested in. So, their loss (!) is your gain – I’ve included it below. Completely for free. Just for you 🙂

This is a palindrome poem. It reads the same backwards as forwards. This is the first I’ve tried…

exposed wounds
feeling without love
friendship cresting
begets attraction, expectation
beguiling touch of reality
love eclipse
supernova emotions explode
explode emotion’s supernova
eclipse love
reality of touch
beguiling expectation
attraction begets
cresting friendship
love without feeling
numbness wounds


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61 thoughts on “Palindrome Poem

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  2. That is pretty darn cool, Al! Backwards and forwards, and going around. You are turning my world upside down. 🙂 These competitions sound similar to photo competitions. The reason I haven’t joined any is because it is more like a lottery to me. You pay a fee and then you compete with hundreds or thousands of others. I think people should be able to contribute their (unpublished) work for free to let their creativity and talents stand out.

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    • Thanks Liesbet. I can see the arguments for paid entry – esp with cash prizes (not to mention judges’ time). But there does seem to be an industry rising out of it. It is definitely a lottery out there!


  3. Wow, I’ve never heard of a Palindrome Poem before and wouldn’t even know where to start – this is brilliant, Al – really works. Well done! Blimey, I’m glad my post helped you to read the rules closer before sending it off – that’s the small print which is so easy to miss. Their loss – our gain!

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  4. Wow, that’s amazing! That looks so hard to do but you did it beautifully! I’ve never entered anything but that sucks about the fine print and all that. But at least the contest gave us this poem! 🙂

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  5. That’s great, Al. I’m kind of amazed at how hard that looks and how beautifully you pulled it off. A bit of wizardry.
    Too bad about the competition but lucky for us. Plus, there’s no reason why it can’t be published in your book 🙂

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  6. I’ve played musical palindromes before, but never come across a poem in that form. Even though I knew you would hardly have published it if it hadn’t worked, I kept wondering how you were going to make it work as i read it. Beautiful and impressive at the same time.

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  7. Yep, check the terms and conditions very carefully, Al. I’ve heard of people being disqualified for using the wrong font or for not spacing out the text as per the requirements of the competition organisers. It can become very tiring in having to read all the rules and conditions, but they are important if your want to win. I’ve found there are so many out there now, that I can pick and choose. I try and enter at least one a month. That way, I have time for my blog and writing more short stories for the book.
    The best of luck with future competitions you enter. I haven’t won anything yet, but I’ll keep trying.

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