Tamara Beryl Latham - The Poet

Shadow Dance (Pantoum)

 

 

Shadow Dance (Pantoum)


Clearing the obstacles that line his path,
she dances between shadows in his mind.
Although she is the object of his wrath,
at times he speaks of her as being kind.

She dances between shadows in his mind,
illuminating corners that are dark.
At times he speaks of her as being kind,
while her love registers to find its mark.

Illuminating corners that are dark,
she whispers words that speak to him alone.
While her love registers to find its mark,
she lives and blooms where nothing else has grown.

She whispers words that speak to him alone.
A pearl which hangs upon a jeweled strand.
She lives and blooms where nothing else has grown,
an orchid in the barren desert sand.

A pearl which hangs upon a jeweled strand,
reflecting love that bathes his soul in light.
An orchid in the barren desert sand,
she fills his blinded eye with treasured sight.

Reflecting love that bathes his soul in light,
his slate skies are transformed to azure hue.
She fills his blinded eye with treasured sight,
her love touched with the grace of floral dew.

His slate skies are transformed to azure hue,
although she is the object of his wrath.
Her love touched with the grace of floral dew,
clearing the obstacles that line his path.

Comments5

  • BRIAN & ANGELA

    Thanks for posting a PANTOUM TAMARA : A very elegant Poetic Form which raises the tone of MPS ! Shadow Dances are always very soothing and calming and you suggest this in your first STANZA. Abnegation of wrath through kindness ? In S 2. Darkness is illuminated by Love ! In S 3. Words speak and Love registers & blooms. S 4. She appears as a Pearl : an Orchid & Light. S 5. Love reflected in his Soul : Blinded eyes filled with Light ! S 6. Slate turned to Azure : Love touched with floral dew ! S 7. The obstacles that blocked their Love are cleared : AMEN This is an awesome Poem : Thanks for caring : Love ANGELA 🧡🧡🧡

    • Tamara Beryl Latham - The Poet

      Thank you so much Angela. I'm elated you enjoyed this particular poetic form. Yes, you are correct, light always overcomes darkness and love is light.

      I'm elated you and Brian continue to light our paths with your endless love. You both should be proud, since this is such a rarity nowadays. :-)

    • Santita

      It has been awhile since I have read a good pantoum. The imagery here is delightful; you paint the images so vividly in the reader's mind. There is an entwinement of light and darkness in this that I enjoyed dithering in. Beautiful work, Tamara. And, as always, your writing flows effortlessly.

      • Tamara Beryl Latham - The Poet

        Thank you, Santita. I certainly appreciate the time and effort you took to review my poem.. I'm grateful and happy you enjoyed it. :)

      • Syd

        This is a very cleverly crafted poem Tamara. I love the line

        "an orchid in the barren desert sand"

        Very well written.

        Take care - Syd

      • Laura

        Tamara,

        Such an enjoyable read!
        “She dances between shadows in his mind”
        Superb words that paint a beautiful image! Her light to his darkness has illuminated your wonderfully penned Pantoum!
        Thank you for sharing your talents!

        ~Laura~

      • Neville

        No two ways about it, I am mightily impressed.. how come I never encountered one of these when I was travelling throughout Malaysia.. not once, but twice...

        • Tamara Beryl Latham - The Poet

          Well it originated in Malaysia in the 15th century and was an oral form of poetry called the Pantun.

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pantun

          Eventually this form of poetry moved west. The French also have a version of it.

          • Neville

            thanks.. my travels through Malaysia took place much later..

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