by David Watt I recently came across the following “square poem” attributed to Charles Dodgson (better known as Lewis Carrol). Please note that each of the six lines may be read horizontally, or vertically from top to bottom. 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 … Out of curiosity, and the desire to tackle an unusual form, I wrote the following square poem: Squarely Behind Me I saw no need to stay, Saw nothing good may follow on; No good could find me there— Need may find a better way. To follow me, better lay behind! Stay on there, way behind me! In case you still don't get it, see this visual guide. The lines work how they normally do, left to right, top to bottom, but are also mimicked vertically, such that the first line is recreated from the first word of each line, the second line is recreated from the second word of each line, and so on: I saw no need to stay, SAW nothing good may follow on; NO good could find me there— NEED may find a better way. TO follow me, better lay behind! STAY on there, way behind me! In a similar vein to Amy Foreman’s “Poetry Puzzle” of March 2018, fellow contributors are invited to post their own “square poems” in the comments section below. There is no set requirement for the line length and number of lines.