Simply Shattered: A Pantoum Poem
Another Pantoum by Yours Truly
The following poem is a pantoum, which is a form of poetry that originated from a structure entitled "pantum" or woven quatrains. This unique structure uses recycled lines from earlier parts of the poem. Specifically, the structure can be interpreted in the following way:
If each letter represents a different line, the above example shows that all lines are repeated at least once. The number of stanzas is flexible. The poet can write as many as they want as long as the last line is the first and the third line is second to last. Each stanza repeats two lines, the second and forth in the previous stanza and uses them for the first and third lines in the new stanza.
In order to keep this poem from sounding repetitive, the poet usually changes the punctuation when they recycle a line. In the poem below, I use punctuation in many ways to change the line's meaning, yet, HubPages does not let me strike out script, which was a vital part to my poem. To illustrate the original format of my poem, I have made a graphic (below) and also pasted the text below that image.
"Simply Shattered" without Strikeouts
by a statement
she sits alone
comforted by a cup of coffee,
by a statement
she wrote down to be
comforted by. A cup of coffee
was sitting at the other end of the table.
She wrote: “Down To be
happy, I need the man who
was sitting at the other end of the table,
but he is gone now,
happy. I need the man. Who
can never feel what I feel.
But, he’s gone. Now,
He will never
can never feel what I feel.”
Her mind went blank.
He will never
see her like this again.
Her mind went. Blank
checks were sent so he wouldn’t have to
see her. Like this, again
and again for twenty years.
Checks were sent. So, he wouldn’t have to
watch it again
and again. For twenty years,
every bit of her faded away.
watch it again.
Every bit of her faded away.
She sits alone,
The poem above is about a woman who cannot move on from something said to her by the man she loves. Ultimately, the woman begins to shut down physically and mentally. Because of this, she is doomed to repeat the same mistakes and never move on from where she is now, alone and "simply shattered."
The form of the poem further illustrates this point by recycling lines. The structure is symbolic to the content of the pantoum due to its repetitive nature. The poem also ends where it began, showing that there was hardly any progression throughout the story line. Like the woman, this poem has failed to progress.
I apologize for having this poem repeated twice, but the strikeouts are vital to this poem. They illustrate the attempt at progression, but the ultimate rejection of progress. Thank you for reading.
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