Monday, April 15, 2013

Moss Makes a Better Lover - 15/30

Halfway to the finish line. Note to those reading: if you want to make a month fly by, do some activity every day for the entire month, or week, or however long you want to fast-forward. Writing a poem every day is like traveling through time at warp speed.

Anyway, today's poem comes by way of NaPoWriMo again.
And now our (again — totally optional) prompt! Today, I challenge you to write a pantun. Not a pantoum — though they are related. The pantun is a traditional Malay form, a style of which was later adapted into French and then English as the pantoum. A pantun consists of rhymed quatrains (abab), with 8-12 syllables per line. The first two lines of each quatrain aren’t meant to have a formal, logical link to the second two lines, although the two halves of each quatrain are supposed to have an imaginative or imagistic connection. Here’s an example:

I planted sweet-basil in mid-field.
Grown, it swarmed with ants,
I loved but am not loved,
I am all confused and helpless.
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The associative leap from the first couplet to the second allows for a great deal of surprise and also helps give the poems are very mysterious and lyrical quality. Try your hand at just one quatrain, or a bunch of them, and see how you do!
Moss Makes a Better Lover 

Moss holds to dewy homelands with hair-thin fingers,
the commitment and gorillian strength thereof!
Only in déjà-vu and dream there linger
those vestiges of places I held with less love.

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