Lately I’ve had far too many different creative inspirations and projects going through my head nonstop. I’m loving it as well as a bit overwhelmed by it. Yet when it came to writing a poem for this week’s blog, I was struggling so much. I couldn’t focus. I didn’t like what I was writing. What I was writing didn’t seem to fit my mood for the week. So I took a different approach. I looked up several different poem forms and starting hacking away at my keyboard, still dealing with indecisiveness and frustration with what I came up with.
After a while, I walked away and forgot about my post until last night. So I opened up my writing and editing pages and saw a poem form called pantoum. A pantoum uses only repeated lines in a specific pattern, creating a unique emotional storytelling opportunity.
This poem took quite a bit of frustration to write, but I loved every minute of it.
Plus it’s developing into a story idea. Like a novel story. And I’m excited.
So, without further ado, I present a poem.
Do Not Look
They tell you not to look away
when the sun sets and evening fades.
Tomorrow may not bring another day
as the darkness cascades.
When the sun sets and evening fades,
don’t ring your hands and fret.
As the darkness cascades,
all turns black as jet.
Don’t ring your hands and fret;
one must not abandon hope.
All turns black as jet;
you must not look down the abysmal slope.
One must not abandon hope,
yet tomorrow may not bring another day
You must not look down the abysmal slope,
but they tell you not to look away.