Stages and Ages

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub  (posted by Peter)
Meeting The Bar:  Coming full circle

"Circles appear in nature: birth-death-rebirth; seed-plant-fruit-seed; day-night-day. Botanical, seasonal and astronomical, circles are everywhere (though if you look closer you’ll find change, a planet wobbles in its orbit around a star, the seasons shift over aeons). And as poets, we love these circular tropes; the seasons become metaphors for our own journey through life, love, loss or our daily commute."  

So, to start with a definition:

            "a circular poem is one which starts in one place,
            then journeys away from that place and then circles back
            to the beginning."

"The pantoum is another repeating form. Composed of four-line stanzas in which the second and fourth lines of each stanza serve as the first and third lines of the next stanza, it’s described as the slowest poetical form, taking four steps forward and two steps back."

Enter dawn in rosy glow
when love is newly sweet,
from fresh earth wildflowers grow,
young hearts have a quickened beat.

When love is newly sweet
afternoon comes slipping in
young hearts, a quickened beat
until more slowly do they spin.

Afternoon comes slipping in.
Instantly evening arrives,
until more slowly do they spin,
those beats aged now with time.

Instantly evening arrives.
Dance becomes a wind-down waltz,
those beats aged now with time.
With dawn, we find our memories halt.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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11 Responses to Stages and Ages

  1. Lovely pantoum Sara, a journey through love and life unfolding – and that last line – is a kicker…dancing along until the very last unequivocal syllable – ‘halt’ Bravo.


  2. Zelda Rene says:

    This moved me. I love it so much, I’m maybe tempted to try the form–thanks 🙂


  3. rothpoetry says:

    Beautifully done Sara! I love how love comes full circle!


  4. Nights are wonderful for fantasies.


  5. sanaarizvi says:

    This is absolutely beautiful, Sara! 😍😍


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