Lessons on Life

Did I learn lessons to last a lifetime
Lessons once learnt not forgotten
Or did I learn lessons just to pass time
Lessons once learnt soon forgotten

Lessons once learnt not forgotten
To give me a start for a future not sure
Lessons once learnt soon forgotten
Ruinous the result for sure

To give me a start for a future not sure
A life to be had left up to me
Ruinous the result for sure
A life to be had dependent on me

A life to be had left to me
Or did I learn lessons just to pass time
A life to be had dependent on me
I did learn lessons to last a lifetime


Author Notes

Here we have a Pantoum
A Pantoum is a repeating style of poetry using quatrains.
The second and fourth lines of stanza one become lines 1 and 3 in stanza two
The second and fourth lines of stanza two become lines I and 3 in stanza three
This continues in each quatrain until the final stanza which then has lines 2 and 4 as the same lines of 3 and 1 from the first stanza these lines are inverse ie line 1 becomes the final line 4
As you can see here I broke the rules with the first and last lines but it just works better this way I think.

10 Comments for “Lessons on Life”

Tim Hillebrant

says:

An amazing poem here, Craig. I think you show the subject and the form quite well. *sigh* one of these days, I need to branch out into more poetry. Give some of these styles a try.

You give any more thought to writing a GD on poetic styles & forms yet? I think you could pull it off well.

It’s interesting to me how the lessons we learn stick with us. Sometimes the harder lessons also include the circumstances of their learning. I know I’ve a bunch of those myself.

Very well done, Sir!!

Tim

says:

Cheers Tim your poetry is fine you stick with you know I just like to try the different styles to make sure I don’t get stale. Still thinking about the GD cheers Tim.

says:

Another interesting form I didn’t know. It reminds me a tad bit of the Villanelle, where lines from the first stanza are repeated in different lines through the poem. I can see how this form could be used as a cathartic-type piece… relaying truths, and bringing them back to relay a specific or new cathartic moment not realized before. I like it!

Write On!
Becky

says:

Cheers Becky yes I like the challenge the French style poems put up with the repeating lines. It makes me think about making sure the poem makes sense with the use of the repeating lines not as easy as it first seems. I also get a lyrical feel to these French style poems to me anyway.

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