A Poetic Diptych

Two poems – Palindrome and Roseate Sonnet

Life glass (Palindrome)

upright sit
scrawl, stand
walk fall walk
walk fall walk
stand, scrawl
sit upright


A palindrome, by definition, is a word, phrase, verse, sentence, or even poem that reads the same forward or backward. It stems from the Greek word palindromos: palin, meaning again, and dromos, meaninga running.


Behind the glass door (form: roseate)

the heart stands the steel
that carries the burden of wheels
of each passing train, alone,
letting creaking sighs to elope

the mind stands the glass door
smoky and wormy a décor
dull light gets the gate pass
creating illusions that gloom and amass

time, the sentinel inherent,
guards the one-way torrent

Recoils life into its shell of silence
Oblivious to be, from the tiring defiance
Seamless flow of mystery awaits, Sarala,
Effacing every surfacing hope


Roseate sonnet: The rules are as follows: the sonnet must have two quatrains first, followed by a couplet and then by a last quatrain that starts the first line with an R, the second with an O, the third with an S and the fourth with an E to form an acrostic that reads ‘ROSE.’ The form has no other constraints like rhyme or metre or blank verse having to be used, unlike its earlier forms or variants. There is no fixed syllabic count for the lines.

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