(A tale in Palindrome) By Clyde Lewis


Do Good's deeds live on? No, Evil's deeds do, O God. Do Geese See God? Did. I do, O God, did I as I said I'd do? Good, I did!

The date was the second month the twentieth day in the year of our Lord 2002. The numbers together were the same backwards and forwards. When the day broke no one really noted the importance of the day. It was a day where all things were topsy-turvy. No one had a clue as to why.

The Devil knew that the day was a paradoxical boondoggle. He took the form of a computer virus and entered into the cyber consciousness and sent to the world a message of warning in warped stanzas of palindromes.

He first tried different languages. The words flashed on screens around the world. From left to right it read "In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni" and from right to left it read "In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni." The message was decoded from the Romans as "We enter the circle after dark and are consumed by fire" the sequence was repeated and only a few paid attention.

He then used the same letters in two sentences. The first sentence was "two plus eleven" the second was "one plus twelve" the unlucky 13. The same letters, the same total and the same confusion. In frustration the Devil sent a message of confusing words and manipulating thought forms to tell his words of warning to everyone:

"Shall we all die? We shall die all;
All die shall we Die all we shall."

Suddenly there was a reply. Astonished, the devil thought he was speaking to a human form and a duel of backward and forward speech appeared like graveyard poetry in the cyber consciousness grid.

A voice of reason entered in and wrote "A new order began, a more Roman age bred Rowena. Are we not drawn onward, we few, drawn onward to new era?"

The reply form the devil was chaotic and silly: "DNA land. And DNA and DNA and DNA. And ET saw waste DNA. UFO tofu."

The reply was swift and delivered with thunder, "Go deliver a dare, vile dog! Dog, as a devil deified, lived as a god."

The devil fought back and claimed: "God lived as a devil dog."

By this time the identity of the defender was evident in the reply:

"He lived as a devil, eh? Dogma: I am God. Dogma in my hymn: I am God!"

The Devil was fighting with God in sentences both backward and forward. It was a cosmic treat to see the battle rage in electric heaven. Mockingly, the Devil asked God, "Do Good's deeds live on? No, Evil's deeds do, O God. Do Geese See God? Did. I do, O God, did I as I said I'd do? Good, I did!"

God mocked back; "Satan, oscillate my metallic sonatas!"

The devil smiled and bowed and typed the words "Amen enema" into the grid and continued to explain "Evil I did dwell, lewd did I live. Reviled did I live, said I, as evil I did deliver."

God retorted; "Yaweh. The way!" and admonished the devil, "Live not on Evil! No devil lived on. Evil is a name of a foe, Man as I live."

The Devil grabbed a list of sinners and listed them backward and forward he read them one by one: "Dennis, Nell, Edna, Leon, Nedra, Anita, Rolf, Nora, Alice, Carol, Leo, Jane, Reed, Dena, Dale, Basil, Rae, Penny, Lana, Dave, Denny, Lena, Ida, Bernadette, Ben, Ray, Lila, Nina, Jo, Ira, Mara, Sara, Mario, Jan, Ina, Lily, Arne, Bette, Dan, Reba, Diane, Lynn, Ed, Eva, Dana, Lynne, Pearl, Isabel, Ada, Ned, Dee, Rena, Joel, Lora, Cecil, Aaron, Flora, Tina, Arden, Noel, and Ellen sinned."

God then said unto them, "Draw no evil deed, live onward!"

Satan was baffled that God was so forgiving and cursed, "Drown in Word!"

God replied, "Drowning I sign in word. Live demand name devil." He then condemned the dark deceiver speaking in riddle, using the reverse and the forward with much eloquence; "Lived lair, trail a liar, trial "devil. "Devil liar trial. A lair trail lived!"

The devil stopped short. He had to look and see if his foe was as efficient at speaking in reverse as he was. He replayed the words in his head and raised an eyebrow and said, "No top, spot on! Drowned a "Laden" word. Sit is as it is!"

God Laughed at the devil and said, "Sit is as it is, it is as it is!"

The Devil grinned, "'Tis as if is a sit."

There was a period of long silence, as if one was waiting for the other to make a move. Then, the Devil spoke in riddle again asking God to lead in the reversed debate again, "Do greet, so steer God!"

God was tiring and said, "Too far afoot."

The devil felt superior and asked, "Too hot to hoot?"

God was quick to point out that he was-- "Too hot to idiot to hoot!"

The Devil then conceded victory, "Now I won! 'Tis it' I won now it is it. 'Tis it I won! Now it is it."

Then a multitude of heavenly hosts entered the cyber grid and exclaimed, "No! We've won!"

All the computers in the world switched on simultaneously and the light given off by the screens caused a bright glow to rise up from the earth. Then the biggest Palindrome ever displayed was fired off by God and the angels leaving no doubt as to who was master and who was servant. The screens filled up with the words:

"Test on Eramus Deliver slap Royal: phone no.? Ref. Football Is sofa sitable on? XI-Staff over Sub-edit Nurse's order Caning is on test (snub slip-up) Birch (Sid) to help Miss Eve Repaper den Use it Put inkspot on stopper Prof.-no space Caretaker (wall, etc.) Too many d-pots Wal for duo? (I'd name Dr O) See few owe fees (or demand IOU) Dr of Law Stop dynamo (OTC) Tel: Law re Kate Race Caps on for prep Pots-no tops Knit up ties ('U') Ned (re paper) Eve's simple hot dish (crib) Pupil's buns T-set: no sign in a/c Red roses Run Tide Bus? Rev off at six Noel Bat is a fossil Lab to offer one 'Noh' play-or 'Pals Reviled'? Sums are not set."

The devil cried out, "Never ever even!"

God was so disappointed in Satan's ego and left it as an even tie. He spoke as the angels were cleaning up the mess, "Live tie. Be it evil. Now it is I 'tis "it" I won."

And with that, a message was sent in e-mails all over the world and it read:
Do go to God! Draw no evil deed, live onward.

Then the date changed and another day came and went. But the Devil will wait patiently for another match with God. He will be marking the calendar the days and years until they will meet again on 01/02/2010

But beware! Someone has fooled you! The numbers have once again reversed!

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