Amera Andersen

Rookie (12/03/81 / New Jersey)

In the Name of Tolerance

The preachers preaching holy ghosts,
when no one really seems to care.
The bull shit spills from talk show hosts
and all this madness fills the air.

When no one really seems to care
the politician's trumpet boasts
and all this madness fills the air,
as sludge and tar pollute our coasts.

The politician's trumpet boasts
and lonely lives are in despair,
as sludge and tar pollute our coasts,
the starving saints live on welfare.

And lonely lives are in despair
and homeless sleep beneath lampposts,
the saints are living on welfare,
we miss the scriptural guideposts.

And homeless sleep beneath lampposts,
while evil breeds a millionaire,
we miss the scriptural guideposts.
Deception traps us unaware.

While evil breeds a millionaire,
the bull shit spills from talk show hosts.
Deception traps us unaware,
the preachers preaching holy ghosts.

A uthor notes

I increased the difficulty of this form by using only two rhyming sounds. If you study the structure, this will only work with an even number of stanzas or else the last stanza becomes monorhyme. I composed it this way to make the meter seem like a rant as the image is frustrating.

The pantoum consists of a series of quatrains rhyming ABAB in which the second and fourth lines of a quatrain recur as the first and third lines in the succeeding quatrain; each quatrain introduces a new second rhyme as BCBC, CDCD. The first line of the series recurs as the last line of the closing quatrain, and third line of the poem recurs as the second line of the closing quatrain, rhyming ZAZA.
The structure is simple:
Line 1
Line 2
Line 3
Line 4
Line 5 (repeat of line 2)
Line 6
Line 7 (repeat of line 4)
Line 8
Continue with as many stanzas as you wish, but the ending stanza then repeats the second and fourth lines of the previous stanza (as its first and third lines) , and also repeats the third line of the first stanza, as its second line, and the first line of the first stanza as its fourth. So the first line of the poem is also the last.
Last stanza:
Line 2 of previous stanza
Line 3 of first stanza
Line 4 of previous stanza
Line 1 of first stanza

Submitted: Monday, August 18, 2008

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  • Rookie - 231 Points Indira Renganathan (8/29/2008 3:12:00 AM)

    You've done it very well Amera....very good pantoum indeed....very interesting...thanks a lot for sharing....thanks also for your nice explanation10/10..kindly read my poem 'tolerance' of a free verse style.Thank you (Report) Reply

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