“Reed Song” is a poem that fuses the pantoum and the pastoral forms, written to celebrate the upcoming marriage of my dear friend, Claire Reeder.
The rules of the pantoum: The first line must be the last line of the poem. The 2nd and 4th lines of each stanza become the 1st and 3rd lines of the following stanza
November 7, 2015
and appearing in new forms
is the truest love, still growing.
Love is strong when it transforms.
love may challenge our conventions.
Love is strong when is transforms.
You are filled with love’s intentions.
Once the shepherds played their songs.
You are filled with love’s intentions
and you’ve found where you belong.
and the reeds stretched toward the tune.
You have found where you belong,
a place with golden leaves and moon.
The music echoes through the air
from a place with golden leaves and moon,
and a couple dancing there.
In good company friends look on
at the couple dancing there,
as spring awakens on the lawn.
and in the distance there’s a humming
as spring awakens on the lawn
love is comfort and forthcoming.