Pantoum, Poetry by Sarah

Circles


Ruminating; circles running in my head.
I try so hard to push these thoughts away.
They pull me back; fill me with dread.
It seems sometimes they’re here to stay.

I try so hard to push these thoughts away.
As they twist and curl around my brain.
It seems sometimes they’re here to stay.
Intent on driving me insane.

As they twist and curl around my brain.
They pull me back; fill me with dread.
Intent on driving me insane.
Ruminating; circles running in my head.

By Sarah ©2107

Author’s note: I selected the Pantoum form for my poetry because I felt it gave my thoughts the ‘running on a loop’ feel that the challenge required. I hope you enjoy it. As some of you may have gathered from my recent posts, I am struggling again with my anxiety, so this prompt helped me express certain aspects of the cyclical nature of my GAD.

Prompt: Sammi Scribbles, Weekend Writing Prompt #27 – Circle. Poetry Challenge – Write a rhyming poem in 14 lines or less that deals with the theme of “going round in circles”.

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Pantoum, Poetry by Sarah

In The Shadows

All for a ‘please’ and a smile,
I come out of the background.
Ignoring tendencies, awestruck. 
I am parallel with mal de coucou.

I come out of the background.
Nerves cause me to spill Golem’s Truth.
I am parallel with mal de coucou,
Quelling my strong desires

Nerves cause me to spill Golem’s Truth.
Using smoke and mirrors,
Quelling my strong desires,
I retreat back to the shadows.

Using smoke and mirrors,
Ignoring tendencies, awestruck.
I retreat back to the shadows,
All for a ‘please’ and a smile.

By Sarah ©2017

* Mal de coucou (n.) – a phenomenon in which you have an active social life but very few close friends—people who you can trust, who you can be yourself with, who can help flush out the weird psychological toxins that tend to accumulate over time—which is a form of acute social malnutrition in which even if you devour an entire buffet of chitchat, you’ll still feel pangs of hunger.

^ Golem’s Truth – A secret that must be kept on pain of death.

Prompt: Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie, Wordle #158

Words: please, background, awestruck, tend, mal de coucou, smoke, nerve, spill, Golem’s Truth, strong, desire, parallel 

Pantoum, Poetry by Sarah

Toilet Humour

Lost in my thoughts
As I stumbled along
Didn’t see I was off course
Didn’t know I was wrong

As I stumbled along
As drunk as could be
Didn’t know I was wrong
I just needed to pee

As drunk as could be
I pushed open the MENS door
I just needed to pee
A man! Accidentally, I saw!

I pushed open the MENS door
Didn’t see I was off course
A man! Accidentally, I saw!
Lost in my thoughts.

By Sarah ©2017


Image courtesy of Tuomas_Lehtinen at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Prompt: MLMM Saturday’s Mix 27/5/17, Theme: spying, unintentional witness


Pantoum, Poetry by Sarah

Askew

Something is off.
I’m feeling askew.
My optimism rough.
Confused what to do.

I’m feeling askew.
Stuck in my mind.
Confused what to do.
Thoughts so unkind.

Stuck in my mind.
My soul in despair.
Thoughts so unkind.
Catapult me out of there.

My soul in despair
My optimism rough.
Catapult me out of there.
Something is off.

By Sarah ©2017


Image courtesy of Boaz Yiftach at FreeDigitalImages.net

Author’s note: Thanks Miriam Hurdle for inspiring me to try this new (to me!) form of poetry. This is my first attempt at Pantoum in response to the Daily Post’s Daily Prompt for 24/5/17, ‘catapult’.

Please visit Miriam’s site and pantoum ‘Letter in the bottle’ .

Prompt: Daily Post Daily Prompt, Word: catapult

Pantoum Poem:
There are four stanzas in the line patterns of
Stanza 1 – 1, 2, 3, 4.
Stanza 2 – 2, 5, 4, 6.
Stanza 3 – 5, 7, 6, 8.
Stanza 4 – 7, 3, 8, 1.
Reference: https://www.youngwriters.co.uk/types-pantoum