Palindromic Crunch Point


My thoughts go round In circles,
I don’t know what to do,
to go or stay,
stay or go.
I must decide on what to do.
My thoughts go round in circles.

Mary at dVerse set the puzzle of writing a  poem which reads the same backwards as forwards.  I struggled and scribbled, scribbled and deleted, and this is the best I could do.


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27 Responses to Palindromic Crunch Point

  1. This was so silky smooth that I didn’t even notice the mirrored stanza at first. Maybe it made me dizzy! Great job. 🙂

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  2. Candy says:

    You’ve created a poem that is chasing its own tail. 🙂 Nicely done.

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  3. kaykuala h says:

    Don’t see why one needs to be rigid! You’ve made a perfect variation and that is asked for in poetry-writing. Wonderful write Viv!


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  4. (:..Circles entrapping life.. wavering ’round..
    expanding time..
    breaking loose.. escaping is fun..
    fun is escaping.. loose breaking..
    time expanding..
    ’round wavering.. life entrapping Circles..:)

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  5. Circles is an apt topic for this form…they’re tricky but I think this piece is succinct and I like the variations you put in as well.


  6. DELL CLOVER says:

    I can definitely appreciate this–WELL DONE!

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  7. kanzensakura says:

    I did not do this prompt because yesterday was so disastrously busy and worrisome. And here, in a few lines, you have written a top knotch poem! I am going to do one for OLN I think. And yes, you have to do another one because this one was so very good!!! Sometimes I get to vibrating so between decisions and this poem nailed that feeling.

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  8. nicely done… it fits the prompt because you still added elements of what we asked 🙂 no worries!

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  9. Glenn Buttkus says:

    Actually your quandary led you to a profound truth, for all of life is on the Great Wheel, & moving in a circle is embracing the cycle, reliving/refreshing the past ending up exactly where we started beyond the veil. Your mirror is tiny, pocket or purse size, but your effort is appreciated, & your results are accurate; next up the hand mirror, then the one over the sink, then full length on the door before tackling the distorted images from the Funhouse.

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  10. lynn__ says:

    This made me smile, Viv 🙂 Like when my husband says, “We have to go” and then keeps talking!

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  11. dorannrule says:

    This is so clever. It would give me a headache to try. 🙂

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  12. Gabriella says:

    I understand the feeling, viv. The first time I wrote a palindrome I felt lost. Since then I have written two more. It was much easier.

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  13. Grace says:

    I think you captured the situation of being stuck, not knowing where to go or stay ~ My mind will run in circles too ~

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  14. If you move in circles it’s easy to end up going nowhere… Hopefully it spirals towards something at least

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  15. Mary says:

    This is great really… You have written the idea of thinking in circles perfectly!


  16. rosross says:

    I know that place. Enjoy the dance. Play Sufi.


  17. X says:

    Tight little piece. There was a song once, “Should I stay or should I go”
    Not always an easy choice – but nicely done to the form.

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  18. vandana says:

    round and round thoughts go and we are confused!

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  19. Sumana Roy says:

    aww…that’s a good one 🙂


  20. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade) says:

    I think you’ve done very well! It says it all.

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  21. Kathy Reed says:

    I know you can do a longer one…this is fun!

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