here’s a pantoum for Miss Rumphius’ Poetry Monday Stretch

The pantoum is a really great form of poetry, that’s a bit like a puzzle in the writing and perchance in the reading.

Head over to Miss Rumphius’ if you want an explanation. (I’m a week late in writing it.)

Basically, it’s a strict structure of line repitition and every line gets used twice. Here’s mine, a little short on the poetic, but at least it fits the structure. (with a picture that was a collaboration with Mike Gangloff.)

Jungle Fowl

Rebellion runs like spilled blood
as anger grows in the rooster’s heart
deep in the jungle of broken temples
the fowl are refusing his rule

As anger grows in the rooster’s heart
he can do nothing about the mutiny
the fowl are refusing his rule
as he once fought his father’s law

He can do nothing about the mutiny
the young cock must crow his challenge
as he once fought his father’s law
with voice and talon and spur

The young cock must crow his challenge
deep in the jungle of broken temples

with voice and talon and spur
rebellion rises like spilled blood.

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