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Daylillies (Acrostic Etheree-Palindrome)

June 17, 2012


Air, sweet
Yield —buds bloom;
Lawn’s lush display
Inside wide vases
Lavishly painted art
Lemon-tangerine petals,
Intricate design of nature
Earthen treasures; divine expressions
Summer and memories live forever

Forever live memories and summer
Expressions divine, treasures earthen
Nature of design, intricate
Petals; tangerine-lemon
Art painted lavishly
Vases, wide inside,
Display lush lawn’s
Bloom, buds yield
Sweet air—

© Selena Howard, 2012

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Olan L. Smith permalink
    June 17, 2012 7:25 pm

    Hey, hey, hey — a true palindromic etheree with an acrotic on the upper section, daylillies. Good job. I must have started something, eh? Love, Olan

  2. Julie Catherine permalink
    June 17, 2012 7:59 pm

    Congratulations, girlfriend! This is a beautiful, perfect Acrostic-Etheree-Palindrome poem that is sheer artistry! You raised your own bar – and I know just how much you had to stretch and how deeply you had to dig to do this inside such constraints … and you did it beautifully. Absolutely lovely, Lena, I’m so proud of you. I love this. ♥

  3. June 18, 2012 4:30 pm

    Very pretty!

  4. Caddo Veil permalink
    June 22, 2012 1:06 am


    • June 27, 2012 9:35 pm

      Oh my I am so sorry Caddo apparently your message went to my spam box. Please forgive my lack of response.Thank you so much for your lovely comment

  5. July 1, 2012 10:50 pm

    Selena, what this reminds me of is Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay, “The Poet,” in which he said that to the sensitive mind even a list can be evocative enough to cause a strong emotional reaction in poetry. This essay led to Walt Whitman’s experiments in free verse and the acceptance of Emily Dickenson’s work as the work of a master poet. The fact that you wrote this in an extremely restrictive form makes the work altogether remarkable. The list of images builds an emotion that reminds the reader of
    Forever live memories and summer…
    that triggers individual memories of gardens and flowers and the rich somnolence of green yards, vases of cut flowers, and all the beauty of summertime.

  6. July 2, 2012 11:34 pm

    Thank you Thomas for your amazing comment . I always feel like I’m being presented with the noble peace prize when I see such cherished comments as yours are to me. I enjoyed writing this and I want to do this again.

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