Bystanders

It’s like walking down the streets
People will always look but walk by
Too hard to deal with the emotion
Too scared to be involved

So she’s unwilling forced
to hide her pain
In this empty world
with no desire to feel

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She

She, it is the most powerful word
that a woman has
The world revolves around her

She gives me strength
in my most vulnerable times
I still know she is there
Buried deep inside of me

The strength that all women have
The will to survive
To conquer all

To capture all there is in life

Play it safe
but play it strong

She is always there
Sometimes she is hiding
but the truth will come out

She, that fire inside of you
Can’t live without her

Can poetry be read backwards?

Is is possible to write a poem, that you can read backwards?

Poem: Your light

Forwards

Even in my darkest times
You were there
As a light to guide my way home
Scared of getting lost
Out there in the pitch black emptiness
With you by my side
There was no turning back
Not getting lost again
Your light guided me through
My hardest times in life

Backwards

My hardest times in life
Your lights guided me through
Not getting lost again
There was no turning back
With you by my side
Out there in the pitch black emptiness
Scared of getting lost
As a light to guide my way home
You were there
Even in my darkest times

I think every poem can be read backwards. Sometimes the meaning of the original poem changes, sometimes it doesn’t. I’ve read some poems backwards and it doesn’t always work out. The sentences are out of tune, but still, the feeling is there.

I looked online for some examples of forwards/backwards poems… And to my surprise, there were websites describing how to write a poem that can be read backwards. In my opinion, a poem has to come from the heart, from your own feelings. If you have to think about ‘the rules’ to write a backwards poem, it isn’t a true poem. If you are really trying to write something that can be read in two different ways, it isn’t an honest poem.

Maybe I’m in a state of mind that I think there shouldn’t be any rules for poetry. Maybe tomorrow my opinion is changed. But for now, I think you should write by heart, not by mind. If it can be read backwards, that’s a plus. If it can’t, than so be it.

Backwards or forwards, a poem has it’s own meaning. It can be read both ways.