Romance Poetry posted March 6, 2010


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a pantoum

Solace in My Quill

by AlvinTEthington


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I had found solace in my quill
Because therein could be expressed
That tragedy which gave me chills.
The pen and ink gave me some rest--

Because therein could be expressed
The cold emotion that I felt.
The pen and ink gave me some rest
From my own soul's distress and welts.

The cold emotion that I felt,
Discoloring my mind's debris
From my own soul's distress and welts--
For only sadness could I see.

Discoloring my mind's debris,
The ocean tossed and turned on me.
For only sadness could I see
And then I found you set me free.

The ocean tossed and turned on me
Yet you had taken me to land
And then I found you set me free;
We played like children in the sand.

Yet you had taken me to land;
You rescued me from sure demise.
We played like children in the sand;
You showed me that you were so wise.

You rescued me from sure demise--
That tragedy which gave me chills.
You showed me that you were so wise;
I had found solace in my quill.


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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 stanza then 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

This is written in iambic tetrameter.

PLEASE DO NOT DOWNGRADE THE RATING BECAUSE THERE IS NO PICTURE. I LOOKED FOR AN HOUR IN FAN ART REVIEW. THIS IS A LITERARY SITE.
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