Prompt: Palindrome Meets Pantoum

This week’s prompt is a palindrome, a word, phrase, number of other sequence that reads the same way backward or forward. Our prompt challenge limited us to 6 short lines, written forward then reversed, in the style of a pantoum, to complicate things.

Here are the specific instructions:

  1. Write six very short lines describing something, a thing, an event, a moment.
  2. Number each line 1-6.
  3. Rewrite them in the following order: 1, 2, 3, 4, 2, 5, 4, 6, 5, 3, 6, 1.
  4. See what happens.

As an example, and to push this even further, we took a line from several member’s attempt at this prompt and put it together into a single poem using the same line structure:

It is a misty moisty morning
In the merciful shade of a big elm,
Freezing cold, freezing snow,
the trees lost their zest.

Life is fits and starts of growth.
No mud flaps on my coffin.

In the merciful shade of a big elm
Life is fits and starts of growth.
The trees lost their zest.
No mud flaps on my coffin.

Life is fits and starts of growth,
Freezing cold, freezing snow.
No mud flaps on my coffin.
It is a misty moisty morning.

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