Mile Apart Hearts

She was always so proud of me,
That wild-haired woman,
There was something she saw I never thought I could be,
Taken, ravaged by unseen forces,

That wild-haired woman,
Calling my name wherever she roamed,
Taken, ravaged by unseen forces,
As each year pushed faster and faster,

Calling my name whenever she roamed,
From greener fields to golden arches,
As each year pushed faster and faster,
Wearing down our defenses,

From greener fields to golden arches,
The disease inside us both,
Wearing down our defenses,
Time is quickly fading now,

The disease inside us both,
Freedom so close we can taste it,
Time is quickly fading now,
In dreams we set each other free,

Freedom so close we can taste it,
In hearts and hands we hold each other up,
In dreams we set each other free,
One pain dies as another is born,

In hearts and hands we hold each other up,
Back when I knew nothing of giving,
One pain dies as another is born,
Back when my grandmother was still living,

Back when I knew nothing of giving,
There was something she saw I never thought I could be,
Back when my grandmother was still living,
She was always so proud of me.

 

The poetry structure that you see here is what’s called a Pantoum. It consists solely of quatrains (four lines to each stanza) with the first and second line rhyming. Once you begin the second quatrain, your second and fourth line from the first stanza become your first and third line for the second stanza. (Yes, I know it can be confusing but bear with me). You continue doing this until you feel that your poem is through. For the final stanza, your first and third line from your very first stanza become your second and fourth line, but they’re flipped. (ie. 1st being 4th, 3rd being 2nd.) This is a very interesting poetry style that I’ve never used until Dr. Vanderslice assigned us the project, but I highly enjoyed it and recommend it to anyone looking to venture deeper into the world of poetry.

 

Stay tuned everyone! I plan on posting once a week from here on! It will range anywhere from poetry, short stories, plays, ideas, or maybe just talking to whoever is out there listening. But I hope you’re all as thrilled as I am to begin this journey.

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