Loves New Spring – A Pantoum

Yesterday evening was my final creative writing class…

The exercise was to write a story or poem about the ‘Last’ of something.

I bravely decided to write a Pantoum about the last day of Winter.

If you are not familiar with that form of poetry, it is quite restrictive and complicated.

The rhyming pattern is ABAB and the second and fourth line of the first stanza become the first and third of the second stanza, then the final stanza also has the first and third lines of the first stanza repeated as the second and last lines.  I said it was complicated, didn’t I?

Anyway here it is:

Loves New Spring

The final days of Winter came at last,

But still held the world in her icy grasp.

I looked back on dark days that had passed,

And feel loves painful grip unclasp.


It still held the world in her icy grasp,

But Winters harsh hand seemed to lift.

I feel loves painful grip unclasp,

Time healing that deep emotional rift.


The Winters harsh hand seems to lift,

And robins above begin their singing.

Time healing that deep emotional rift.

The pain around my heart unclinging.


Red robins above begin their singing,

Heralding winters passing breath.

The Pain around my heart unclinging,

But still, I cry for our love’s death.


In heralding winters passing breath,

I look back on dark days that have passed.

I mourned for our love’s fateful death,

Now Winter’s time recedes at last.


The End


Copyright: Kristian Fogarty 06/July/2018


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18 thoughts on “Loves New Spring – A Pantoum”

    1. Thanks Emily, It was a daunting task and I had never attempted a Pantoum before! I did a Villanelle for class aswell, and that was even harder, I don’t think I’ll ever do another one of those! I really appreciate your comment. Thank you. 🙂

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    2. I hadn’t heard of either of these two poetry styles – they’re so interesting! I did really enjoy it; I like the haikus that you write but it would be great if you did some more longer poems, too :).

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    1. Thank you. It is a difficult form because you have to repeat lines throughout, but it works well for a subject that repeats, like the seasons or like an obsessive love something that you go over and over in your head about. I’m glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

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