a roll of film pantoum

 

 

everything I’ve lost is here
the world inside this roll of film
your child-face screams through each frame
a crushing weight of birdsong in the air
 

the world inside this roll of film
these pink walls and old bedroom doors
a crushing weight of birdsong in the air
I close my eyes hoping it can fly away
 

these pink walls and old bedroom doors
this place is not where I want you to be
I close my eyes hoping it can fly away
I find a downy woodpecker — soft, on the sidewalk
 

this place is not where I want you to be
your child-face screams through each frame
I find a downy woodpecker — soft, on the sidewalk
everything I’ve lost is here

 

 

 

30/30 poetry prompt

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2 thoughts on “a roll of film pantoum

  1. Beautiful. The image of the woodpecker is haunting and I like the roll of film in there… an image that suddenly conveys the past quite powerfully. The form suits this well.

    1. thanks, james. I did sort of a haiku-practice (I wrote down a few observation-type sentences) and then decided to put them randomly into a pantoum. I like the way the two lines about the woodpecker ended up out of order.

      such a sad, jarring thing to see; I had the image in my head for days. 😦

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