I was introduced to the pantoum in McSweeney’s Volume 31. They describe a pantoum as: “A poem composed in quatrains, in which the second and fourth lines of each stanza reappear (with small alterations) as the first and third lines of the next stanza, and the first and third lines of the first stanza return as the last and second lines, respectively, of the final stanza. There is no set length, rhyme scheme, or subject matter for a pantoum, and artful manipulation of the repeated lines is encouraged.”
Below is my first pantoum. Enjoy.
We Need To Talk
“I forgot so it must not be important.”
Still, she had something to tell me.
I went back to playing Assassin’s Creed,
She returned to her magazine.
She still had something to tell me
and watched while I killed a priest.
She returned her magazine to the table
as I ran from the guards.
We watched a corrupt priest die.
She didn’t forget, just didn’t say.
I let down my guard.
She knew it was time to tell.
I can’t forget and I won’t say.
I went back to playing Assassin’s Creed.
If you ever ask me to tell, I’ll say,
“I forget. It’s not important.”