Procrastinator’s Pantoum

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April 18, 2014 by KWills

The letter P

An interlocking form, with each line the same length and cross-rhymed (abab). What makes it a pantoum is the repetition of lines: the second and fourth lines of the first verse become the first and third lines of the next, and so on until the final verse. Here, the rules are changed slightly so that the first line of the first verse becomes the last line of the last verse, with the third line of the first verse making the second line of the last verse. There is no limit on the length of the poem, although three verses is the minimum.

Pantoum structure (capital letters for repeated lines, rather than simply rhyming)
A1, B1, A2, B2 / B1, C1, B2, C2 / C1, D1, C2, D2 / D1, A2, D2, A1

I’ve finally stopped trying to keep up, and just jumped ahead to today’s letter. The “missing” days will be filled in as soon as possible, and back-dated so that the archives are in order. If you are following this blog, then you’ll be alerted of the posts as they go up. I hope to be fully caught up by the beginning of next week.


Procrastinator’s Pantoum

Playing catch-up isn’t fun
Time is fleeting, all too short
Chasing deadlines at a run
Often glimpsed, never caught.

Time is fleeting, all too short
Moments of a brief respite
Often glimpsed, never caught
Rushing onwards out of sight

Moments of a brief respite
[[Write a line here to repeat]]
Rushing onwards out of sight
[[Need to make this verse complete]]

[[Write a line here to repeat]]
Chasing deadlines at a run
[[Need to make this verse complete]]
Playing catch-up isn’t fun.

 

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2 thoughts on “Procrastinator’s Pantoum

  1. Great poem! Nice to meet and connect through the AtoZ challenge.
    http://aimingforapublishingdeal.blogspot.co.uk/

  2. Just stopping by from the A-Z list to say “Hi” and good luck with the rest of the challenge 🙂

    xx

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