BJ’s Shadorma & Beyond – Palindrome– February 14, 2015

Gustave Courbet.  Desperate Man - Self Portrait, 1845. WikiArt.
Gustave Courbet. Desperate Man – Self Portrait, 1845. WikiArt.

Hello everyone!  This is Jen again, greeting you from BJ’s Shadorma & Beyond.  Thank you for participating in last week’s challenge!  Bastet and I hope you really enjoyed prose poetry.

For this week you have the choice of writing a shadorma (a non-rhyming six-line poem in 3/5/3/3/7/5), or a palindrome (also known as a mirror poem).

The most famous palindrome is probably this one:  “a man, a plan, a canal: Panama”.  You’ll notice that the letters spell out the same message forwards and backwards.   Palindrome poetry is similar in that the words create the same message forwards and backwards.

Occasionally a palindrome poetry will contain an extra line in the middle – one that does NOT need to “mirror”.  This gives you a bit of freedom in that both halves of your poem don’t need to match one another exactly.

Here is a sample written by Bastet.  She tells me that the form is much simpler to create if you write from both ends simultaneously.

ghosts of
future and past,
will haunt our lives
within unsung memories,
weeping forever and


because of choices we have not made


and forever weeping
memories, unsung within
our lives, will haunt
past and future
of ghosts…


So – for this week – see what you can do with the palindrome format.  You may use the Gustave Moreau painting for your inspiration – or you may use your own photo and your own inspiration.

Feel free to write a shadorma, a palindrome, or a combination of the two.  The choice is yours! When you have written your poem(s), please TAG them BJ’s Shadorma & Beyond and MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie. Then add your link to the Mister Linky widget below.

Good luck!



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