Daily Journey Journal #35: something new…pantoum

KiwiBee has made my day! Normally my ranting about poetry forms falls on deaf ears; but she read and attempted and created a poem that makes me think of fairies and summer and icecream; and is altogether great!

Snap Thoughts

Last week I came across a post by Oyinkan Braithwaite at Writing in Whispers about a kind of poem called a Pantoum. Now, I normally do not write poetry, aside from the occasional haiku, but I fell in love with the flow and rhythm of the Pantoum, and so I thought I would give it a try, just for fun. Thank you to Oyinkan for sharing this poetry style with me. It is beautiful!

Goodbye to June

and those first touches

of air thick, like a cacoon

woven from rushes

And those first touches

of sunlight’s warm rays

falling down in the rushes

pulling us into summer days

Sunlight’s warm rays

set flowers blooming

pulling us into summer days

Spring’s entrance unassuming

Set flowers blooming

in air thick, like a cacoon

Spring’s entrance unassuming

and now, we say goodbye to June

Happy last day of June!


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The Dreamwalker (3)

The way was quiet.

She could hear the gentle murmur of the trees as their branches answered the wind’s command. She made out sounds – the chattering of monkeys, the flapping of wings, the scuttling of rats.

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How To Write A Bop

I just discovered the Bop. I love the name. It’s almost as good as the Azby!

The bop is not as old or as popular as the other poetic forms that I have explored on this blog but it is certainly just as interesting. It was created by Afaa Michael Weaver – a man who seems to have come a long way.

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The Men She Loved (3)

The heat was unforgiving and the atmosphere in the room clawed at them. When Lola observed Ada stick her tongue out like a dog, she proposed that they sit outside. She placed a cushion on the steps of the porch for Ada to sit on and she took the garden chair so that she was high enough to help her friend remove her braids.

“If you keep rubbing your stomach like that, your baby will be overcooked,”

“Jealousy is not attractive,” Ada continued to rub her stomach and Lola continued to remove braid after braid after braid. They settled into a companionable silence; until Ada broke it with “It’s valentine’s day tomorrow.”


“Is Temi going to do anything?” asked Ada.

“I don’t know.”

“Has he gotten you anything yet?”

“He is saving his money.”

“You need to stop making excuses for him,” Lola said nothing. She knew Temi cared about her; he just wasn’t adept at showing it. She had tried to bring up the topic of gifts but the conversation had quickly become awkward, she had sounded like a shallow materialistic woman. “Men, Lola, I am thirsty,”

“What would you like?”

“Chapman.” Lola started laughing but she quickly stopped when she realised her friend was being serious.

“You want me to drive to a bar now?”

“It’s not me, it’s the baby.”

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How Writers Write Poetry – Six Week Course

Decided to take part in a poetry six week course ‘How Writers Write Poetry’. I haven’t been writing poetry as much as I used to and I feel that this course is a great way to refresh myself and my creativity.

The wonderful thing about the course is that it is absolutely freeeeeeee; and it is all online!


Course Dates: Saturday, June 28, 2014 to Saturday, August 9, 2014

Provided by: The University of Iowa’s International Writing Program

Instructor(s): Christopher MerrillMicah BatemanMary HickmanBecky BoyleFatima R. EspirituAdrienne RaphelHenry FinchJames LongleyLesley Ann WheelerAlex Walton


To find out more and take part, check out the site and watch the intro videos.


Came across this quote on the site, fell in love with it – ‘Prose is prose because of what it includes; poetry is poetry because of what it leaves out.’

How To Write A Pantoum

The Pantoum is a form that originated from Malaysia. I like to think of it as a sort of circle, because it begins and ends with the same line. Whatever the journey, you end up back where you started, so it is an interesting form to explore.

So what do you need to know about the Pantoum?

1)      Length: it does not adhere to a specific length. So even though it is a strict form, you can make it as long or short as you like! (Much like my Asby). However, the Pantoum is written in quatrains – four line stanzas.

2)      Rhyme: The rhyming of each stanza is abab

3)      Repetition: The second and fourth line of the first stanza become the first and third line of the second stanza and it continues in this manner. However, in the last stanza (whenever that may be), this pattern changes. The unrepeated first and third lines are used in reverse as second and fourth lines.

4)      Pattern: The poem should begin and end with the same line, if done correctly.

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