Square Poem: If we both fall in love

So, yesterday I saw a post about a “square poem” often attributed to Lewis Carroll (although as to who the real author is seems ambiguous). A square poem is apparently one whose words you could read either in rows (horizontally) or in columns (vertically); the poem would read the same. Here’s Lewis Carroll’s square poem:

I often wondered when I cursed,
Often feared where I would be—
Wondered where she’d yield her love,
When I yield, so will she.
I would her will be pitied!
Cursed be love! She pitied me …

Up until yesterday, I didn’t know what a square poem was, but the moment I learned of it, I wanted to give it a try! It’s like a “poem sudoku”, if you will, and since I like both poems and sudoku, of course I have to give it a shot, haha.

Here’s my own square poem, If We Both Fall in Love:

If we both fall in love,
we will have no regrets thereof
Both have known loneliness, we avow
Fall, no loneliness shall stay now
In regrets, we stay no more
Love thereof—avow now, more sure. 

Below is a matrix to make it easier to read as a square poem:

square poem - if we both fall in love

What do you think about making your own square poem? It’s a mind-boggling exercise, but what a way to get the creative juices flowing. 🙂

This entry is part of my undertaking a 30-day challenge Matt Cutts talked about at TED2011. The premise is to “think about something you’ve always wanted to add to your life and try it for the next 30 days.” I am challenging myself to post one blog entry a day for 30 consecutive days.

Today is Day 8.

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