Connection -A Pantoum

The pantoum consists of a series of quatrains rhyming ABAB in which the second and fourth lines of a quatrain recur as the first and third lines in the succeeding quatrain; each quatrain introduces a new second rhyme as BCBC, CDCD. The first line of the series recurs as the last line of the closing quatrain, and third line of the poem recurs as the second line of the closing quatrain, rhyming ZAZA.

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 stanzathen 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

Clear-Family-Shadows

It all started with my Dad
Dad’s connected to my Mum
They had us and they were glad
We all grew up then our freedom

Dad’s connected to my Mum
I met Him Indoors and we got wed
We all grew up then our freedom
We started our own thread

I met Him Indoors and we got wed
Seven years later and son arrived
We started our own thread
Son met K and she be wived

Seven years later and son arrived
They had us and they were glad
Son met K and she be wived
It all started with my Dad

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

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