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Native American Elders

A palindrome on Wisdom

By Denise E LindquistPublished 28 days ago Updated 28 days ago 1 min read
Native American Elders
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Rules for writing palindrome poetry:

You must use the same words in the first half of the poem as the second half, but Reverse the order for the second half, and Use a word in the middle as a bridge from the first half to the second half of the poem.

At first, the simplicity of the rules made me feel like this would be easy enough to do, but I ran into problems almost immediately. For instance, you can't start the poem with the word "the" unless you plan to end the poem on the word "the." And just because something makes sense in the first half doesn't guarantee it'll pass the same test on the way back. Writers Digest, Robert Brewer

My attempt at a palindrome poem:


Native American

of beauty and spirit


teaching lessons

of seven grandfathers


grandfathers seven

of lessons teaching


spirit and beauty

of American Natives

inspirationallove poems

About the Creator

Denise E Lindquist

I am married with 7 children, 26 grands, and 11 great-grandchildren. I am a culture consultant part-time. I started writing A Poem a Day in February 7 years ago. I wrote 4 - 50,000 word stories in NaNoWriMo. Writing on Vocal/Medium now.

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  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarran27 days ago

    This was a perfectly executed palindrome! I've written one and it was soooo difficult to make it make sense, lol. Loved your poem!

  • Mackenzie Davis27 days ago

    Ooh! I think you succeeded with flying colors! This is a very interesting form…

  • Manisha Dhalani28 days ago

    I can imagine it's tough to write a palindrome, but this poem was well written and nice.

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