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Poem: Pantoum – ” Words to Spin.”


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 lines in the succeeding quatrain; each quatrain introduces a new second rhyme as BCBC, CDCD. The first line of the series recurs as the last line of the closing quatrain, and third line of the poem recurs as the second line of the closing quatrain, rhyming ZAZA.

The design is simple:

Line 1

Line 2

Line 3

Line 4

Line 5 (repeat of line 2)

Line 6

Line 7 (repeat of line 4)

Line 8

Continue with as many stanzas as you wish, but the ending stanzathen repeats the second and fourth lines of the previous stanza (as its first and third lines), and also repeats the third line of the first stanza, as its second line, and the first line of the first stanza as its fourth. So the first line of the poem is also the last.

Last stanza:

Line 2 of previous stanza

Line 3 of first stanza

Line 4 of previous stanza

Line 1 of first stanza

Please see Shadow Poetry for more information.

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Ideas pressed, venture in mind, 

Many words to write, little time,

Ease my frustration, right words find,

Should I scribble, should it rhyme.

——

Many words to write, little time.

Make sense of thoughts that overwhelm, 

Should I scribble, should it rhyme.

Mind thinks, find muses in the realm.

——

Make sense of thoughts that overwhelm.

Reason gone –creativity,

Mind thinks, find muses in the realm.

Longing for ingenuity.

——-

Reason gone –creativity,

The way it’s always been to spin,

Longing for ingenuity.

Finding focus where facts wear thin.

——

The way it’s always been to spin,

Weaving  fabric, life for a piece,

Finding focus where facts wear thin.

Transforming words, doesn’t cease,

——

Weaving fabric, life for piece,

Ease my frustration, right words find.

Transforming words, doesn’t cease.

Ideas pressed, venture in mind. 

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3 thoughts on “Poem: Pantoum – ” Words to Spin.””

  1. I’m really drawn to the first stanza, from “Ideas pressed” to “Should I scribble, Should I rhyme.” The phrases and lines, then, intertwine throughout the rest of the poem. The use of should here combines “ought to” with “might,” which in turn brings together aspects of responsibility, uncertainty, conflict, and creative play. The use of other words such as “fabric,” “frustration,” and “[t]ransforming” indicate the hope that all ideas and intentions will come together to make something both significant and new. You use this form effectively to overlap, exchange, consider possibilities, and express. Crafting I admire. Thanks!

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