You are the girl who danced

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One of the assignments on an online poetry course I’m doing was to write a Pantoum. This is a poem where lines 2 and 4 have to repeat in lines 1 and 3 in the following stanzas. And usually the end line is the same as the very beginning. This is mine.

You are the girl who danced in the night kitchen –
I am the woman who built a prison.
You are the girl who opened a door –
I am the woman who counts each day.

I am the woman who built a prison –
You are the girl who stopped the sun.
I am the woman who counts each day
and pins each bird onto the sky.

You are the girl who stopped the sun –
I am the woman who measures her wings
and pins each bird onto the sky – but
the moon falls down – onto the ground.

I am the woman who measures her wings.
There are stars and daggers pinned onto the wall.
The moon falls down onto the ground –
a Fool with a coin darts out of the moon.

There are stars and daggers pinned onto the wall.
I am a woman who clutched at a shadow –
a Fool with a coin darts out of the moon.
You are the girl who danced in the night kitchen.

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2 comments on “You are the girl who danced

  1. Kaylee says:

    I love this!

    Like

  2. Em Bass says:

    Such a good poem!

    Like

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