Thursday, May 3, 2012

A Pantoum...Spring Fever



 Poetic Bloomings asks us to try a Pantoum

The PANTOUM consists of a series of quatrains rhyming ABAB, in which the second and fourth lines of a quatrain recur as the first and third line in the succeeding quatrain; each quatrain introduces a new second rhyme as BCBC, CDCD… In the last quatrain, the two unused lines from the opening quatrain are used to fill in the last stanza, with the first line of the poem becomes the last line of the poem (ZAZA). Walt’s example illustrates this traditional form of PANTOUM.

(This sounds just challenging enough to be alluring)

I’ve come down with a sudden fever
Aroused by breezes tumbling through the screen
And I’ve become an old, renewed believer
In words like violet, indigo and green

Aroused by breezes tumbling through the screen
Passion stirs a yearning wanderlust
As words like violet, indigo and green
Draw me to pastures rich with rain-drenched dust

Passion stirs a yearning wanderlust
A longing to return, I know not whence
So I choose pastures, rich with rain-drenched dust
Wiggle like a child, beneath its fence

A longing to return, I know not whence
But Father Time does not restore the past
As now a woman squirms beneath the fence
Content to revel in its shadow cast

Father  Time does not restore the past
So, I’ve become an old, renewed believer
Content to revel in its shadow cast
Oh, I’ve come down with a sudden fever…

© Janet Martin

3 comments:

  1. Well done, I don't put the time into writing to a form, but I should try one of these days. This is beautiful.

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  2. Blame it on growing up accustomed to restriction;) I love form. I never tried this one before...so Mosk, thank-you for the reassurance!

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