On Palindromes

Elizabeth Robinson

First one surmises arrival and then discloses retreat.


One wonders: why 


offer a definition of a thing


whose parameters are already so self-evident–


            like a brown paper parcel


            delivered to an address that already


            anticipates the arrival of a package bomb. 



The explosion is incidental to the import of the thing.


The outcome of a retreat that gestures frantically toward its own arrival.




Like a clock, the circuit knows its pivot, but


the bomb, going forward as much as


backward, forsakes the temporal in order


to make its secret manifest.