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Pantoum for Serenity (TOLT)
by Susan M Phillips

Thursday, February 07, 2008
Rated "G" by the Author.
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TOLT refers to the book The Ode Less Travelled, which inspired my current attack of poetic fever. A Pantoum is quite an old rhyme form that originated in the Far East and was brought to France, where it blossomed and then crossed the channel to England, which is where I found it, dusted it off and set it to work. To understand the form, look at how the lines repeat throughout.


 


 


Pantoum for Serenity


The dogs lie still: one watchful, one at peace
How do they always know which role to take?
Between them, shared protection does not cease:
One ever guarding for the otherís sake.


How do they always know which role to take
When lying silently upon the floor?
One ever guarding for the otherís sake;
Unmoving, how could they do any more?


When lying silently upon the floor
One gives a quiet growl, the other stirs.
Unmoving, how could they do any more?
The cat strolls safely by and softly purrs.


One gives a quiet growl, the other stirs.
Between them, shared protection does not cease.
The cat strolls safely by and softly purrs;
The dogs lie still: one watchful, one at peace.


 


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Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 2/8/2008

A poetic feast to entertain the MUSES.

In admiration,

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Cryssa C 2/7/2008
Too difficult for my blood... I am impressed. :~)
I tried to write an Englyn rhyme but Charlie flunked BOTH of my endeavors. (I think she didn't like the subject matter of my second one... hee, hee, hee...)

Cryssa :~)
Reviewed by Charlie 2/7/2008
So that's how it looks when it's done. Very interesting--and in iambic pentameter to boot! Very impressive. I'll give it a go... --Charlie
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