Rain-Walking (a pantoum)

rainwalkers

Between the places where we watch the sky,
some days the distance seems a thousand miles.
In your downpour, you walk and so do I,
and when it rains, our longing turns to smiles.

So when the distance seems a thousand miles.
The rain that wets our skin may be the touch–
(See, when it rains our longing turns to smiles.)
–of tenderness from one we miss so much.

The rain that wets my skin may be your touch–
this rain that falls on me, will find you too.
The tenderness of love we miss so much–
in the next storm, this same rain falls on you.

This rain that falls on me will find you too.
Although I miss your touch I understand.
In the next storm, my rain will fall on you.
So close your eyes and feel me close at hand.

Although I miss your touch, I understand.
In your downpour you walk, and so do I.
I close my eyes and feel you close at hand,
between the places where we watch the sky.

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POETIC FORM: Pantoum

Poem consists of quatrains (4-line stanzas). No limit, but at least 2 stanzas. Each quatrain has an abab rhyme scheme. However, the poem can follow an abab/bcbc/cdcd/etc.rhyme scheme throughout. Lines 2 and 4 of each stanza become lines 1 and 3 of the next stanza. Ideally, lines 2 and 4 of the final stanza will become lines 1 and 3 of the opening stanza.

FORM DIAGRAM: (no limit on stanzas)

a1-
b1-
a2-
b2-

b1-
c1-
b2-
c2-

c1-
a2-
c2-
a1-

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POEM A DAY APRIL 2015 – PROMPT:

Two for Tuesday

Write a love poem. Yeah, I said a love poem, or, if you don’t like that option…Write an anti-love poem. I know there are some haters out there; go ahead and hate on love and/or love poems if that’s your thing. So if this is your first rodeo, here’s how the “Two for Tuesday” prompt works. You can choose one of the two options; choose both options; and/or blend the two together in some way. Just be sure to write a poem.”

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