The Ecphorizer

James Loverde

Issue #63 (February 1987)

"Mum" is a palindrome kind of word:
When you repeat it backwards,
It's what you just heard.
It means "wax" in Persian (among other things)
And gave its name to Egypt's dead kings.
It's a term for silence that you can hear,
A very strong variety of Braunschweiger beer,
And a double-headed flower most pleasing to the eyes.
You do it when making merry in disguise.
The English use it as a word for "Mother."
Can you think of any other?

Poet JAMES LOVERDE, of Chicago, has had his work published in many small reviews, including Rolling Stone and the Las Vegas Sun.

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