Annika Ruohonen, Embrace, 2010
© 2010 Annika Ruohonen All Rights Reserved
Used With Permission
Hand seeking hand,
five fingers into five to lace
tight, so soft this knot of love,
this seal of hearts' delight.
Five fingers into five to lace
left hand with left,
this seal of hearts' delight
everlasting in the book of One.
Left hand with left
joined, in promise made
everlasting, in the book of One
man and woman both become.
In promise made
tight, so soft this knot of love
of Adam for his Eve this night,
hand seeking hand.
© 2010 Maureen E. Doallas
I offer this poem for One Stop Poetry's weekly "One Shot Wednesday" event. Be sure to visit the site late Tuesday afternoon and evening and every Wednesday for links to the many contributors' "one shot" poems.
I also note that this is the first time in many years (I've been out of college for decades) that I have tried to write a pantoum poem, though this one is not strictly to form, as I have taken a bit of liberty with punctuation (to make sense of the lines, or change it) and have not observed the traditional rhyme scheme (abab, bcbc, etc.) indicated, for example, in Lewis Turco's The Book of Forms, my copy of which dates to 1968 (!). I have, however, observed the repetition pattern of 1 2 3 4 (stanza 1), 2 5 4 6 (stanza 2), 5 7 6 8 (stanza 3), and 9 3 10 1 (stanza 4).
A pantoum may consist of any number of quatrains (four-line stanzas) and its lines may be of any length in any meter. Some maintain an effective pantoum requires at least five stanzas, which was challenge enough for me to try the achievement in four.
And if I haven't got the form right to your liking, please take the matter up with my friend here.
How to Write a Pantoum Poem
My thanks to Annika Ruohonen for permission to use her beautiful photograph to complement my poem.