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Ekphrastic Line-Unit Palindrome*

Karin Anderson, AU

 

Video edited by Andreea Petcu (oceanflower1)
Dancers: Melanie Moore and Pasha Kovalev
 

 

Winter Dance

 

Winter’s gloaming of snow swept stars will bring
A red spruce sounding board for each violin string.
To touch her is touching gosling’s winged dreams
With thistledown’s lithe floats as her gown streams.

Come, dance the Viennese Waltz with them, come!
Hum the swish and sweep of melodies hum!
Violin’s tones are formed warm, round and deep.
Will their heads sink in love’s pillow to sleep?

He holds her svelte waist to sweep her and lift
To snow-bowed pine trees longing for light’s drift.
Swing, they open wide windows of change, swing!
Ring, they ring blue bell’s name ring-o-bell’s ring!

To know the waltz is the essence of grace turning
as the waltz was banned in the yore days of yearning.
Minuet’s dance steps of strictest-no-touch-skin age;
The forbidden waltz like gosling’s wings in a cage.

 

(Backwards)

 

The forbidden waltz like gosling’s wings in a cage,
Minuet’s dance steps of strictest-no-touch-skin-age.
As the waltz was banned in the yore days of yearning,
To know the waltz is the essence of grace turning.

Ring, they ring blue bell’s name ring-o-bell’s ring!
Swing, they open wide windows of change, swing!
To snow-bowed pine trees longing for light’s drift,
He holds her svelte waist to sweep her and lift.

Will their heads sink in love’s pillow to sleep?
Violin’s tones are formed warm, round and deep.
Hum the swish and sweep of melodies, hum!
Come, dance the Viennese Waltz with them, come!

With thistledown’s lithe floats as her gown streams,
To touch her is touching gosling’s winged dreams.
A red spruce sounding board for each violin string
Winter’s gloaming of snow swept stars will bring.

 

 

*Line Unit Palindrome Poems are read from the first line to the last line or they can be read backwards line by line from the end to the beginning. This style of palindrome  was first written by James A. Lindon and  published in Dmitri Borgmann's Beyond Language, 1967 (from English for Students).

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