Jonathan ROBIN

Freshman - 726 Points (22 September / London)

Polyacrostic Palimpsest - Tracings - Poem by Jonathan ROBIN


The palimpsest is not easily legible. Punctuation, spacing,
need to be removed to show letter by letter progression, - impossible on poemhunter but formatted on - spelling the following phrases invisible in the first version:

Ses mots sont ici (French – His/her words are here)

Take the first letter of the first line and second letter of the second line etc to read 'THE PENCIL TRACE'

Take the 16th letter of the first line and 17th letter of the second line etc to read 'YET ANOTHER LINE'

the 15th letter of the first line S finishes the phrase 'THE PENCIL TRACES' while read vertically between 15th and 14th letters reads SES MOTS SONT ICI


The pencil traces yet another line,
white sheets grieve their lost virginity.
Where truth bears witness to eternity
the pencil lead implants a strange design.
There's a fun echo hiding, written fine,
which now expects to blossom, though it be
kept back, since show is stark immodesty.
Yet will it sure shine out here, style define.
Although lost now our senses seem we'd sign
each silent stencil's letter, pencilled free.
Allusions are still vain? Yet look and see.
The point in fact is inner clarity!

The title ends cacophony, to gain
a glorious smile intense none need explain.

(c) Jonathan ROBIN Polyacrostic Palimpsest Sonnet

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, November 8, 2007

Poem Edited: Saturday, April 23, 2011

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