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.