Something More

by Kerrie Ann Salsac

Christmas Poem: Challenge

sonnet 10

Christmas, the season full of merriment,

with family dinners and gifts galore.

But why don’t we try an experiment?

Why don’t we all work toward something more?

With family dinners and gifts galore,

step back and think of those down on their luck.

Why don’t we all work toward something more?

Let’s skip tradition and become unstuck.

Step back and think of those down on their luck.

Let’s feed the hungry and give to the poor.

Let’s skip tradition and become unstuck.

This festive season, let’s do something more.

So why don’t we try an experiment?

Christmas, the season full of merriment.

***

The Twelve Sonnets of Christmas

Day # 10

Pantoum Sonnet 

The Pantoum was originally a Malaysian form of poetry, but was adopted and adapted by the French and became very popular with them. Fouinet, Hugo and Baudelaire, were amongst the foremost users of this form.

Unlike most of these strict repeating forms the Pantoum has no set stanza count or need for the last stanza to repeat back to the first. However, the Pantoum lends itself very easily to the sonnet form, and it is only necessary to present three stanzas and the final two lines can come either from the third stanza to form the final couplet as if it were the Malay form, or in keeping with the spirit of the French form and circling back with the reversed couplets (A2, A1).

The rhyme pattern I used is as follows:

 A1, B1, A2, B2, 

B1, C1, B2. C2, …

C1, D1, C2, D2, …

A2, A1

You can find the other Sonnets of Christmas here on Poet’s Corner by my archive or you can visit my blog.

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