Looping perpetually, or: Perpetually looping

A ‘Palindrome Poem’

Death begets darkness
Dimming skies above flutter
Essence of shades
Swirls through existence
Observes life
Emerging budding gushing
Teeming multitudes of energies
Inspiration begets
Begets Inspiration
Energies of multitudes teeming
Gushing budding emerging
Life observes
Existence through swirls
Shades of essence
Flutter above skies dimming
Darkness begets death

The above poem is my take on d’Verse’s ‘connections’ prompt.

d’Verse prompted us to think about connecting or connections—in any sense. It could be connecting ideas, connecting historical moments, or your own connections with people, places, nature, or art. Also, to think about how we are connecting words, phrases, lines, and ideas in our poems.

This prompt brought to my mind and inspired me to write my first ‘Palindrome Poem’.

71 thoughts on “Looping perpetually, or: Perpetually looping”

  1. Stuff like this always leaves me awestruck, esp since I have no such talent for the structure, let alone working the structure into such a meaningful, important work. Well done.

    1. Thank you❣️

      I’ve had it in my mind for a while, and this d’Verse prompt just brought the inkling of this idea to the fore.


  2. Well done! A difficult poetic form to pull off smoothly. You nailed it!. I like “Shades of essence and “Essence of shades” sublime imagery. Thank you David.🙏

    1. My pleasure, M Jay❣️

      I don’t remember whose blog I first saw this on, but I loved the concept as soon as I saw it… and I kept the idea on the backburner for a long while… but this prompt made me think of it again.


  3. I like this form and what you’ve done with it: really works well with the prompt. Was it difficult to write?

    1. Yes and no.

      At first, I thought the word in the middle would be ‘life’, but the poem itself led me away from that towards ‘being’. So that required me to rethink some of my lines.

      I did this by putting the central word in the middle and simultaneously writing the lines both above and below it to test its flow in both directions… and sometimes I would get stuck on particular lines, whereas other lines would just come to my mind immediately and smoothly. So… it did take me a while, but it was a steady and relatively smooth process, and when it was done, I just felt that it was complete.


        1. Cheryl, thank you so kindly.

          I really didn’t know how else to go about it (never having done it before)… this was just my intuitive approach. If you write one, please let me see it! ❤


  4. I like the mirroring of the two parts, David, the biblical ‘begets’, and the way your poem pivots on ‘being’. A skillful palindrome!

  5. It’s obvious much thought went into this palindrome. Very impressive!

  6. A most gorgeous Palindrome! 💝💝 I love how skillfully you have woven the connection between the “begets,” the poem flows so naturally that it sings 😀 Kudos! 😍👏👏

  7. Your lively poem made me think about how much energy swirls around us, even if unseen.
    Fine job, David.

    “Inspiration begets
    Begets Inspiration”

    1. Michele, yeah, I was trying to get the image across of everything swirling together – life, death, being… all in one big 🌀


  8. Such a well composed poem. Wow, a palindrome sounds like some kind of obscure disease. 🤣 I’ve read four of them now, so it shouldn’t❤️🤣🤣❤️👏👏👏👏👏

      1. You’re so welcome.

        Thanks David, now I can’t say the word lol,. and I can’t believe how many different poems there are but I’m practicing. ❤️

  9. This is really well done. I would imagine it’s tricky to write a poem that works in both directions, and yours does a great job of that.

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