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April 6, 2012 / Sez

Chorus (Poetry Form 24: Pantoum)

This is a pantoum. It’s like a villanelle, but way classier.
A plus side of jetlag, by the way, is that you get to hear the dawn chorus. There’s a sparrow outside my window who is REALLY going for it right now.

Chorus

It sounds to us like song to greet the dawn.
To them it’s just a vocal KEEP OUT sign
A grumpy neighbour venting from his lawn,
This tree! This tree! This tree! is mine, mine, mine!

To them it’s just a vocal KEEP OUT sign
Those soaring trills and gentle cooing tones
This tree! This tree! This tree! is mine, mine, mine!
Keep off the grass! Go find some of your own!

Those soaring trills and gentle cooing tones,
To them are klaxons, trespasser alarms
Keep off MY grass! Go find some of your own!
Do all our noises hold, for them, such charms?

Do fire engines, smoke alarms and phones
Sound, to a bird, like dulcet calming tones?
A grumpy neighbour venting from his lawn
Might be, to them, a song to greet the dawn.

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