Oozing With a Bit of Contempt

OFP4 - 2020

It started with a three eye roll
oozing with a bit of contempt
but for her t’was rather droll
because she believed she was exempt.

Oozing with a bit of contempt
the horns rose to mock the halo
because she believed she was exempt
bearing the royal name Veilleux.

The horns rose to mock the halo
beneath the blood covered fingers
bearing the royal name Veilleux.
She spewed many crude zingers.

Beneath the blood covered fingers
but for her t’was rather droll.
She spewed many crude zingers.
It started with a three eye roll.

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I chose a Pantoum because I wanted to try a different form than I typically explore. 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 stanzathen 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

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