NaPoWriMo Poetic Form Challenge 4/30: Mystery Mondays

2016 NaPoWriMoMystery Mondays present a surprise poetic form each week.  This week it’s a pantoum, one of my favorite forms.

Definition: The pantoum is a form of poetry similar to a villanelle in that there are repeating lines throughout the poem. It is composed of a series of quatrains; the second and fourth lines of each stanza are repeated as the first and third lines of the next.

Back in October, I took a workshop with Peter Sears, our most recent Oregon Poet Laureate. (Elizabeth Woody has just been named our ninth poet laureate).

Sears offered a prompt about “How You Know You  Are ______ and What to Do About It.

I made some scribbles.  Today I shaped it into a pantoum.

How to Know When You are Dreaming and What to Do About It

Let’s say you’re in bed, about to fall asleep
underneath a Van Gogh starry night sky
you walk backward; forward doesn’t work
You’re surrounded by prime numbers

underneath a Van Gogh starry night sky
Number twenty-nine asks you to tango
You’re surrounded by prime numbers
and you want to divide them by half

Number twenty-nine asks you to tango
You’ve lost your red dancing shoes
and you want to divide them by half
as you knead chocolate pizza dough

You’ve lost your red dancing shoes
maybe hiking boots will work instead
as you knead chocolate pizza dough
while seventeen sheep salsa into the kitchen

maybe hiking boots will work instead
you walk backward; forward doesn’t work
while seventeen sheep salsa into the kitchen
Let’s say you’re in bed, about to fall asleep

©Jone Rush MacCulloch, 2016

 

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2 Responses to NaPoWriMo Poetic Form Challenge 4/30: Mystery Mondays

  1. Wilcox Carol says:

    Jone- This is waaay cool! I can’t quite figure out how you could pull it off, but you definitely did! I love the red dancing shoes and the hiking boots and the chocolate pizza dough!

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