I've been writing poetry as my weekly class assignments for my Forms of Poetry class this semester but much of it is not really worth sharing. However, this past weekend I wrote a pantoum that I and my professor (and my classmates, I think) really enjoyed. Hope you enjoy it too.
Btw, a pantoum is a form written in 4 line stanzas where the 2nd and 4th lines are repeated in the following stanza as lines 1 and 3. It creates a rhythmic repetition that works for a variety of topics and styles, but seems to work particularly well with this one.
Pantoum of a Single Woman
I borrow babies, boys and girls,
their parents think I’m generous.
I’m only thinking of myself--
how can I sate this empty womb?
They think I’m generous and kind;
I give them several hours away.
To sate my empty womb takes time,
“Just dinner and a movie?” “Great.”
Those extra hours away, sweet bliss,
a tired couple’s desperate dream.
No chicken strips or dumb cartoons,
real conversation, what a treat.
Every tired couple’s dream
an evening free of dirty diapers;
like stolen sweet, forbidden fruit.
“Have an evening free of diapers.”
I am just thinking of myself,
holding them--forbidden fruit--
“I’ll borrow your babies any time.”