Treasure Island

Amera Andersen

(12/03/81 / New Jersey)

Red


Red are the flowers, where my garden grows
Red glossy lips for tasting sweet red wine
Red painted nails and pretty matching toes
Red is the color, making life divine

Red glossy lips for tasting sweet red wine
Red is my heart for giving you my love
Red is the color, making life divine
Red is the sunset, in the sky above

Red is my heart for giving you my love
Red is the rose, such a pretty flower
Red is the sunset, in the sky above
Red is the color with the strongest pow’r

Red is the rose, such a pretty flower
Red painted nails and pretty matching toes
Red is the color with the strongest pow’r
Red are the flowers, where my garden grows

Author notes

This Pantoum is composed in decasyllable with each line beginning with the identical word.

Pantoum Poetry
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 design 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: Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Edited: Friday, April 15, 2011

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