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Pantoum Poem – Snow Leopard Hunting Season

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Pantoum Poem – Snow Leopard Hunting Season

So she kept prowling the mountain side

Hoping to keep her off spring alive

Food was scarce after bushfires

There was no place to hide

 

Hoping to keep her off spring alive

She slipped down the mountain side

There was no place to hide

Late autumn in the bush it was suicide

 

She slipped down the mountain side

Landing rather hard on her backside

Late autumn in the bush it was suicide

She came across a large slip

 

Landing rather hard on her backside

Not seeing straight everything was magnified

She came across a large slip

There were two deers ready for supply

 

Not seeing straight everything was magnified

Focusing should have been a easy routine

There were two deers ready for supply

Those deers were on the other side of the slip

 

Focusing should have been a easy routine

Food was scarce after bushfires

Those deers were on the other side of the slip

So she kept prowling the mountain side

How to Write a Pantoum Poem

The design is simple:

Line 1

Line 2

Line 3

Line 4

Line 5 (repeat of line 2)

Line 6

Line 7 (repeat of line 4)

Line 8

Continue with as many stanzas as you wish, but the ending stanza, then repeats the second and fourth lines of the previous stanza (as its first and third lines), and also repeats the third line of the first stanza, as its second line, and the first line of the first stanza as its fourth. So the first line of the poem is also the last.

Last stanza:

Line 2 of previous stanza

Line 3 of first stanza

Line 4 of previous stanza

Line 1 of first stanza

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Dizain Poem & Quote – Wisdom in Old Age

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Dizain Poem & Quote – Wisdom in Old Age

wisdom, is realising you know nothing
everything is not like it used to be
listen, closely, what others are saying
depression, try laughter it’s guaranteed
avoid stress try learning to live carefree
don’t try pleasing everyone, please yourself
forget all the bad things and pride oneself
true, sad heart will repair if you let it
hold to your dreams, don’t live life on a shelf
wisdom is, learn to laugh not throw a fit.

Dizain Poem It is a French poem popular in the 15th and 16th centuries, it is a single stanza of 8 or 10 lines (10 being more common), with 8 or 10 syllables in each line, the rhyme scheme is ababcdcd, or ababbccdcd

Summary – This poem is a 10 lined, 10 syllables, with rhyme ababbccdcd

Quote

“It is strange how often a heart must be broken, before the years can make it wise.” ― Sara Teasdale. 

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Sonnet Poem – Key to My Heart

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Sonnet Poem – Key to My Heart

My beloved, you hold the key to my heart

The path of true love is never give up

Love is deep and simple yet complicated.

Through thick and thin you were always there for me

 

I never locked the door to my heart

Even on the darkest days and nights

That key you hold still unlocks my heart

Our hearts live as one locked together forever

 

Fifty-nine years of marriage untold bliss

Never to be locked from each other ever

When that day comes when we say goodbye

We will make our way to heaven with peace

 

Locked in each other arms to rest in accord

With the key that lasts forever in my heart.

Copyright © 2019 Elsie Hagley

A Sonnet is a poem written in fourteen lines with each line usually having ten syllables. There are various rhyming options for sonnets.  Shakespeare used the rhyming pattern: ABAB CDCD EDED GG. Look up Sonnet if you need help and come up with your own fourteen line poem”.

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Double Tetractys Poetry – Cute Circle

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Double Tetractys Poetry – Cute Circle

cute
cygnets
all cuddling
in a circle
grace and beauty, stillness to be enjoyed
their mother, a female swan called a pen
enjoys a break
relaxing
swimming
peace

Copyright © 2019 Elsie Hagley

Double Tetractys is a decastitch (10-line stanza) with an emphasis on the syllabic count of each line.

  • Syllabic count: 1-2-3-4-10-10-4-3-2-1
  • It should express a complete thought and may be on any theme and express any mood.
  • Rhyme is optional.

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Anapeat Poem – Still Her Eyes Kept Staring

#New Poetry Form

Still Her Eyes Kept Staring

But still her eyes kept staring at me
even though I swiped my hand at her
the concrete wall was protection 
from all the goings on around her
Even a bird hopping around the lawn

She never made a move to catch it
But still her eyes kept staring at me,
giving me a feeling of being watched
Why did you, a cat make me feel guilty,
guilty of what I still don’t know

Wondering why you stayed unmoved.
even a loud sneeze, you never moved
But still her eyes kept staring at me
Loud banging noises all around you,
and you never moved, just kept staring

Jumping up and down she didn’t move
Was something wrong with me
Can’t you see that I’ve had enough
But still her eyes kept staring at me
For sure there is something wrong

Are you deaf or maybe blind as well,
time for me to check out what’s wrong.
She was just a cat having forty winks,
eyes wide open but mind shut off.
But still her eyes kept staring at me.

Anapeat – repeats a phrase in several places within the poem.  

The poem consists of five stanzas of five lines each.  

The repeated phrase/line is the first line of the first stanza, the second line of the second stanzas, etc.  

All or part of the phrase is also the title of the poem.

There is no line length, meter, or rhyme requirements, however rhyme and meter may be used if the poet chooses to do so.

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Early in the Morning

Early in the Morning

The silence just before dawn

pause and enjoy the moment

sharpness of an early morning

quietly piercing the inner soul

every day dawn is different

listen carefully, not a sound

beautiful wonderful feeling

let it wrap around the body

slight mist on the steep hills

fog rising from the still river

no distractions joy and peace

tranquility is a real blessing

fragrance from the garden

some a little smelly, mildew

sweet smell of honeysuckle

as the sun starts to warm up

the environment preserved

a few moments of quietness

deep within the now quiescent

intimacy of my still warm body

spiritual moment,

body filled with confidence.

Copyright © 2018 Elsie Hagley – aka kiwinana

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A Walk Around the Lake

A Walk Around the Lake

With the mind silent while approaching the marshlands,
there seemed to be a little magic all around in the air, 
standing beside me, bright eyes sparkling down at me,
was the man that has walked beside me for sixty years.

The sun was sinking casting a shadow across the lake
if only we were a generation younger and more active,
magic was still there, that we had felt for so many years.
Mindfulness came, playing full attention to the setting sun.

The language of the lake was seeping into my body and soul
as a black swan slowing swam by, not even noticing us,
the scent of the colourful wild flowers slowly disappeared
as the night air floated in and the stars started to appear.

The calmness of the lake flowed through my veins and heart,
peace was all around me, as we made our way back home.
The lake was starting to look very dark and dangerous,
safe, hands clasped together, our love was felt as one.

Free Form is free from both meter and rhyme. It is free from the limitations of verse poetry.

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Pantoum Poetry Form – Pohutukawa – NZ Christmas Tree

Pantoum Poetry Form – Pohutukawa – NZ Christmas Tree

#New Poetry Form

Pohutukawa – Christmas Tree

Generic name Metrosideros excelsa
Known as the Pohutukawa NZ Christmas tree
A coastal land evergreen tree in the Myrtle family
Growing on the land of the long white cloud

Known as the Pohutukawa NZ Christmas tree
Bright red colour everywhere at Christmas
Growing on the land of the long white cloud
Joy to behold in hot weather, very tall trees

Bright red colour everywhere at Christmas
Wet weather can shorten the time to enjoy
Joy to behold in hot weather, very tall trees
Spectacular brilliant crimson flowers everywhere

Wet weather can shorten the time to enjoy
Rotorua lakes produce pink to yellow shades
Spectacular brilliant crimson flowers everywhere
Its wood is dense strong and highly figured

Rotorua lakes produce pink to yellow shades
Certainly a unusual shade for the Pohutukawa
Its wood is dense strong and highly figured
Frequently used in ship building, and heavy items

Certainly a unusual shade for the Pohutukawa
A coastal land evergreen tree in the Myrtle family
Frequently used in ship building, and heavy items
Generic name Metrosideros excelsa

Copyright © 2018 Elsie Hagley

How to Write a Pantoum Poetry

Line 1

Line 2

Line 3

Line 4

Line 5 (repeat of line 2)

Line 6

Line 7 (repeat of line 4)

Line 8

Continue with as many stanzas as you wish,

but the ending stanza, then repeats the second and fourth lines of the previous stanza

(as its first and third lines), and also repeats the third line of the first stanza,

as its second line, and the first line of the first stanza as its fourth.

So the first line of the poem is also the last.

Last stanza:

Line 2 of previous stanza

Line 3 of first stanza

Line 4 of previous stanza

Line 1 of first stanza

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The Blitz Poetry Form – Thanksgiving Blessings

#The Blitz Poetry Form – Thanksgiving Blessings

Rejoice for Thanksgiving

Joys of thanksgiving

Joys of giving

Giving thanks

Giving pleasure

Pleasure enjoyed

Pleasure shared

Shared freely

Shared in rejoicing

Rejoicing loudly

Rejoicing with emotion

Emotion and prayer

Emotion and thanks

Thanks to god

Thanks to the land

Land with rich soil

Land and water

Water given freely

Water promoting growth

Growth helped with the sun

Growth  and labour

Labour tilling weeds

Labour harvesting

Harvesting the grain

Harvesting then rest

Rest and prayer

Rest and contribution

Contribution to the poor

Contribution to our God

God of love

God of patience

Patience to all

Patience and joy

Joy to live

Joy to the earth

Earth  and light

Earth and heaven

Heaven and the stars

Heaven and the moon

Moon shining bright

Moon preparing

Preparing for a new day

Preparing for a new season

Season to plant

Season to harvest

Harvest for another year

Harvest and survival

Survival and blessings

Survival and opportunity

Opportunity

Blessings

The Blitz Poem, a poetry form created by Robert Keim.

This form of poetry is a stream of short phrases and images with repetition and rapid flow. 

Begin with one short phrase, it can be a cliche. Begin the next line with another phrase that begins with the same first word as line 1. The first 48 lines should be short, but at least two words.

The third and fourth lines are phrases that begin with the last word of the 2nd phrase, the 5th and 6th lines begin with the last word of the 4th line, and so on, continuing, with each subsequent pair beginning with the last word of the line above them, which establishes a pattern of repetition. 

Continue for 48 total lines with this pattern, And then the last two lines repeat the last word of line 48, then the last word of line 47.

The title must be only three words, with some sort of preposition or conjunction joining the first word from the third line to the first word from the 47th line, in that order.

There should be no punctuation. When reading a BLITZ, it is read very quickly, pausing only to breathe.

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