Left Behind Pantoum

Here’s the first of 5 poems written in December 2010 for my Intro to Creative Writing final. I was 22 years old at the time. I also had a read a selection of these (or maybe all of them?) in front of my class as part of my final.

“The pantoum is a form of poetry similar to a villanelle in that there are repeating lines throughout the poem. It is composed of a series of quatrains; the second and fourth lines of each stanza are repeated as the first and third lines of the next.” -Wikipedia

Why did you leave me?

I’m dancing here alone.

I’m calling on your name,

You’re not here, you’re home.

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I’m dancing here alone.

During the father-daughter dance.

You’re not here you’re home.

Why did you have to go?

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During the father-daughter dance,

I stand here alone.

Why did you have to go?

I miss you, you know?

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I stand here alone,

About to walk down the aisle.

I miss you, you know?

Why did you leave me?

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About to walk down the aisle.

With no one by my side.

Why did you leave me?

Someone’s missing from my life.

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With no one by my side,

To hug me when I’m sad.

Someone’s missing from my life.

Tis true, where is my dad?

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To hug me when I’m sad,

And comfort me when I’m lonely.

Tis true, where is my dad?

He’s watching from above.

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And comfort me when I’m lonely,

I pray to God in Heaven.

He’s watching from above,

Free from all his pain.

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I pray to God in Heaven,

That he’ll let my father be,

Free from all his pain,

To live eternally.

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