Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Budget Circus (Pantoum) Fun Poetry

Pantoums are a challenge and fun to write. The poem is composed of a series of quatrains (4 line verses), where by you take the 2nd and 4th line of each stanza (4 line verse)  and repeat them as the 1st and third of the next stanza. You can make the poem as long as you like. The last stanza differs from the rest in that the 1st and third lines of the last stanza are actually the 2nd and 4th of the previous, while the 2nd and 3rd lines of the last stanza are the 3rd and 1st lines of the 1st quatrain.


The Budget Circus.

Roll up, roll up, but be quick
the Budget Circus comes to town.
They'll delight, with just one trick
A dancing Elephant and a Clown!

The Budget Circus comes to town,
Now hurry children do not wait.
A dancing Elephant and a Clown
Can be seen once through the gate.

Now hurry children do not wait,
an Elephant that twirls and twists.
Can be seen once through the gate
It’s something that must not be missed.

The Elephant that twirls and twists,
the Clown will balance on his head.
It’s something that must not be missed,
Or so the smiling Ringmaster said.

The Clown will balance on his head,
they'll delight with just one trick.
Or so the smiling Ringmaster said,
Roll up, roll up, but be quick.

© Helen A. Howell

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