General store in Kinikinik, Colorado; Photo Wikipedia

Hiking through the
national forest near
Kinikinik, Colorado,
we hear a bird calling
peeweep, peeweep
over and over again.

Never catching sight
of that elusive bird,
(he must not have
been on our radar)
we move on.
Suddenly, I inhale
a tangy gnat and
begin to cough!  Ugh!

Our binoculars are
trained into the canopy
of the trees overhead
hoping to add a new
bird to our growing list.
Someone points to a
large branch of an aspen
where a heavy-lidded owl
is perched.  He eyes us
silently.  “He must be
too hot to hoot” pipes up
the group’s comic.

“Rum, rum”…I murmur.

It’s now getting towards
noon and the once
heavily dewed ground
is drying out.  Our trek
leads us to the edge
of a river where we heard
tell of a river monster that
dwells within…Ogopogo.

Who wants to take a dip?
Not I.  Timid, I’m it!

We follow the bank of the river
where it opens up to a meadow
flecked with colorful wildflowers.
We also are on the lookout
for butterflies and other
common wildlife in the area…

Sh…Tom sees moths!

And Dee saw a seed.

A mockingbird serenades
us with solos as we continue on.

Stop…what’s that?


Now I see bees, I won!

Today I’m guest hosting over at dVerse Poets for the Form-For-All.  I hope you’ll join the fun…we’re playing with palindromes.  Words, letters or lines that read the same forward or backward.  Mine are in bold type.

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  1. Glenn Buttkus

     /  April 11, 2013

    Gayle, wow, you attacked the palindrome on all fronts, and worked in the P-words within a fine piece of poetry. Many of us are having fun with this challenge. I had never heard of this form before. Thanks.


    • I discovered this form some time ago where I gave it did kinda hurt my brain! I’m glad you joined in with the fun/pain, Glenn. You did a great job of it.


  2. Laurie Kolp

     /  April 11, 2013

    I felt as if I were there with you. I love the birds and flowers of spring. This was a great prompt.


    • I am a lover of wildlife and especially birds…my sisters and I share the love of birding together. I’m glad you enjoyed the prompt, Laurie…you did a wonderful job as I would expect.


  3. hahaha….very cool…love how you embedded the palindromes in this…clear and easy to follow…i love a good day outside enjoying…and its smoking hot here today…i could go for a nice refreshing dip…


    • Thanks, Brian. I love a good day outside too…our winter has been so mild and perfect for being outdoors. Warming up here already.

      Brian, I’ve sent you some important emails…please check immediately. I wish I had your phone number!


  4. It’s almmost a shame that you chose to highlight your palindromes – to my mind that detracts from a fine poem, Gayle. I understand why you’ve done it though.


    • Well, I’m sorry it detracted from your enjoyment, Tony. As I was in the instructing mode over at dVerse, I thought I would clearly delineate where my palindromes were… And I gather that was your understanding of why I did it.


  5. smiles..this is very cool and thankful that you marked the palindromes…i already start to read normal text backward and try to find palindromes everywhwere…smiles..thanks for hosting gayle..a big challenge but wonderful fun..smiles


    • That’s so interesting that you read words backward, Claudia. I went through a spell when I was young where I would read backward…just because I could do it so well I suppose. Since writing this presentation, my eye is now on the lookout for palindromes everywhere. I know it was a challenge and I’m thankful that you gave it a go…as if you wouldn’t…smiles.


  6. Quite a challenge you set us.
    I had no idea there was so much to it and so many words and phrases to fit.
    Only wish today that my name was hannah 🙂


    • Haha, very cute..yes, Hannah. :~) My first was definitely more involved to accomplish. The one that I posted today was easier as I tapped into a list of some great palindrome phrases and lines. Thanks for joining in, Aprille.


  7. This is delightful – the tangy gnat has to be my favourite.


    • Yeah, you never want to taste a tangy gnat! 😉 So glad you enjoyed this, Rowan and thanks again for playing along today.


  8. I like the sounds here Gayle and very ingenious way of putting the words backwards and forward ~ I sure am looking forward to being out during spring ~ Thanks for the wonderful challenge ~



    • I know it wasn’t an easy one but I’m glad you joined in, Grace. I think it was daunting for many to even attempt. Sometimes, on these more difficult ones I find I need more time to process them and they will show up on my blog sooner or later.


  9. How clever this is but I’ve been having trouble lately just getting my brain cells to wrap around a piece of prose to post so will have to beg out of this one. I’ve never been clever in taking words and turning them about so that is why I do have a bit or problem with form poetry. I admire any who can do it but I will usually stick with prose. I like this alot Gayle. 🙂


    • I totally understand, Renee. No need to ever stress yourself over a form. It’s meant to be fun and challenging both…and if the fun isn’t there, there’s no point. Thanks for coming by…I appreciate your support.


      • You are always so kind. I admire that you can write in so many different ways. You have a gift and I appreciate that you share it. Not stressed. Not enough energy for it so no worries there. As I might have mentioned we are going through a system change at work and so the Summer will be trying due to training and all. But I will soon have 15yrs and then only 5 to go and I will be retired and begin a new chapter in my life so patience is key. Take care.


        • Thank you, Renee…I really appreciate your sweet words for me. It’s nice when someone lets you know that they like what you do. Did not know of the system change at your work and the summer training that will be coming up. I hope it goes well for you. Five more years to go and then you’re free…so to speak. A nice goal to keep your eye on…hope it goes by quickly for you too.


          • Funny that I would look forward to an ending like so many people but I am going to try to look at it as a beginning…time to draw/paint, write, read. I will still probably have to work part time just to pay for health care to supplement the little bit of Medicare I will get but at least I can do something I want to do, rather than out of necessity to pay my bills. Take Care


          • It will be a new beginning for you. I think more people these days see retirement like that. We aren’t the sit-in-the-rocker-on-the-porch group anymore…we have more things we want to do. I wish you well, now and always!


  10. This was so much fun! 🙂 Grats on hosting over at the bar!


  11. Oh, this was fun to read. I bow to your wordsmithing.


  12. i agree this was great fun to read. thanks for the enjoyable prompt.


  13. wow! glad that you put the words in bold. the scenic was so fantastic that i would have, for sure, missed the form here…:) The form is in the poem somewhere and not the other way round…loved it!! enjoyed it!


    • Yes, I chose to put the form in the poem for this one. The first one I did, the whole poem read forward and backward identically…that was tougher by far. I’m so glad you joined in today…thanks, Akila!


  14. Very fun palindromic romp through the wilderness — playfully cute.


  15. just too much fun… I would like to be hiking too… gotta wait till the ground frost is melted


    • Thanks, Patricia. You did a wonderful job on the prompt today…it was just beautiful and love the photo of your animal pals.


  16. Why am I not surprised that your palindrome is top notch fun, Gayle. So glad you were at the bar today!


    • Oh, thanks so much for that, Victoria. I did have fun with this one…just felt silly. I was very honored to be in this role and am glad for the turnout for this challenging form. Yours really grabbed my attention.


  17. Hi Gayle

    Thanks for your comment on my poem. You said that the three palindrome lines I used could be read only one way

    time flies fast

    shoe fitting silk

    still nice though

    How is this correct?

    I am writng here because I could not access comment box on dverse.


    • I’m sorry that you had to go through all this commenting back and forth, Cressida. I stand corrected and really don’t know where my mind was when I left you that comment. I have “publicly” apologized on the dVerse comment page. It can be such a confusing form anyway and I think I got swept up in the “confusion.” I hope you will forgive my carelessness.


  18. A beautiful poem, I thoroughly enjoyed reading about your hiking adventure in the wilderness, something I’d love to do finding those elusive birds.


  19. What a fun read! Beautifully done, Gayle!


  20. Good fun!



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