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NaPoWriMo: Poem – Wrapped Refrain – “Death Stops” 


And now for our (optional) prompt! Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that begins with a line from a another poem (not necessarily the first one), but then goes elsewhere with it. This will work best if you just start with a line of poetry you remember, but without looking up the whole original poem. (Or, find a poem that you haven’t read before and then use a line that interests you). The idea is for the original to furnish a sort of backdrop for your work, but without influencing you so much that you feel stuck just rewriting the original!. For example, you could begin, “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day,” or “I have measured out my life with coffee spoons,” or “I miss them, but it wasn’t a disaster,” or “they persevere in swimming where they like.” Really, any poem will do to provide your starter line – just so long as it gives you the scope to explore. Happy writing!

Please see NaPoWriMo for further information.

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A poem with another poems line: “Because I could not stop for death. He kindly stopped for me.”  – Emily Dickinson.

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Think it’s relevant, everything?

We do each day?  We are revelling,

Time drip-slipping away everyday.

Hovering over lunacy, play,

Forgetting we’re mortal, time wields our last battle.

Scars running deep, old injuries, our bones rattle.

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Knowing their isn’t a choice when death comes,

Though we run, he’ll kindly stop some —

Method of escape; We can’t stop —

For death, we wouldn’t know to drop,

So, he stops his chariot racing, catches mortal.

No breathing in the air, you’ve no need at the portal.

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To blessed world you find escape,

Death leading you in his slow gait, 

Time it has no meaning, kingdom —

Come has arrived and you are done.

Though years you might’ve waited for death to take you,

Think it’s relevant? Time? His hands; God holds you.

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©Mandibelle16. (2016) All Rights Reserved.

My Thoughts, Nonfiction, Pantoum, Poetry, Writing

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.

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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.

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Make sense of thoughts that overwhelm.

Reason gone –creativity,

Mind thinks, find muses in the realm.

Longing for ingenuity.

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Reason gone –creativity,

The way it’s always been to spin,

Longing for ingenuity.

Finding focus where facts wear thin.

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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,

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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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©Mandibelle16. All Rights Reserved.