Ok this is actually an article about the mechanics of writing longish palindromes, but let’s stay with fantasy for a while ok?
It all started with CANARY.
No, with ‘the canary’. (Of course ‘the bird is the word’, you’ve no doubt heard.)
She alighted on my window-sill last night looking starved… hollow-cheeked in fact. Twas a no-brainer to offer to take her up the street to ‘Red Rosy’s 24-hr Diner’, one of my fav hangouts.
We pulled into the lot and then I saw it. Him? Some creature running off into the woods from the rear service door. (The pix I snapped on my phone oddly failed to turn out, wouldn’t ya know)
Anyway, we set ourselves down and ordered. She wanted two ‘chicken’ eggs over hard, home fries, and an English muffin.
“Coffee?” asked Rosy, ignoring the obvious fact that she was serving a song-bird.
“Can I have orange juice?”, the canary asked me sweetly.
“Of course; O.J it is” I told her.
Ok, everything was fine… and she even got a chance to meet my buddy Ed who sat down at the counter next to us. ‘Ed Argyl’ we called him. That wasn’t his real last name; no it was ‘cuz of the socks he’d worn since grade school. Now a police academy candidate, with its own dress code, he might let us in on his real name soon.
“Something wrong with the juice?” I asked the bird when she pushed it away from her plate with a delicate wing.
“Nah maybe I just changed my mind.” she chirped tactfully.
But one sip I took (never waste food) and I knew it was old and watered-down. Grade ‘B’ OJ, to be kind. Could Rosy have knowingly done a trick like this?
Ed maintained that, in his words: “No way man, somebody’s screwing with the goods!”
I’d already told him about the ‘animal’? I’d seen in the lot:
“Like a sasquatch.”, I said, “‘course they don’t exist…”
Me ‘n canary were just finishing our breakfasts when Ed came back with the news:
“Prints leading to the door, all the way to the fridge, and then back out. Longer gait on the exit path.” we learned from Ed, a bit out of breath.
“That means that he…um… ‘it’ wuz prolly running away huh?” I asked him.
“Yup, we covered that last week at the school.” Ed said, kinda proud of his new skills.
“So the animal I saw…”
“Yes, prime suspect, and apparently intelligent for a proto-homonid. Knew enough to replace the fresh-squeezed… er… ‘pinched’ stuff with water.”
“Whew. At least Rosy’s off the hook!” I told him. “...and thanks to Mr. Ace detective ha.”
Happy ending, and thanks for reading…
But when I went to write it all down I ran into a snafu.
See I started with CANARY. Backwards is ‘Y RAN A C-‘
Scant hours later I had:
YAY! A YETI, NOT RED ROSY RAN A CON JOB: ED ARGYL, NOTED ACE CADET: “ONLY GRADE ‘B’ O.J. ON CANARY’S ORDER TONITE. YAY!
The problem is that I ‘add’ to CANARY in both directions, making sure of a semblance of bi-directional logic on both fronts. Yet at some point one needs to turn it into a single string of letters identical in either direction. I suppose that CANARY need not be the center word. And now that I write this I’m thinking to go to:
‘Y’, A YETI, NOT RED ROSY RAN A CON JOB: ED ARGYL, NOTED ACE CADET: “ONLY GRADE ‘B’ O.J. ON CANARY’S ORDER TONITE. YAY!
Oy, that works, but I’d have to come up with a reason for calling the critter ‘Y’. (Not to mention pointing out, as I re-read the story that in the States at least most of my memorable breakfasts were at night, or call it ‘early morning’.
A tough job I’ve undertaken, feeding starving birds. Not to mention searching the lot the next morning for ‘spoor’ With Ed. Gung ho, that guy.