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Another Pantoum

Updated on April 24, 2017

Near my door is a box of old letters

where I keep binders of my paper life

a place where my organization occurs

your name upon them as my former wife.


When I keep binders of my paper life,

yet photographs, they find themselves adrift

your name upon them as my former wife,

each act of organization a gift.


Yet photographs, they find themselves adrift.

I try to take each step with earned respect

each act of organization a gift

our labor is our responsible act.


I try to take each step with earned respect

in the absence of my empty home,

our labor is our responsible act,

a chance to see how our children have grown.

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      Ann Carr 4 weeks ago from SW England

      Great poem, Jamie. It's full of emotion, sadness, deep philosophy and observation. I love this structure of the revisiting of lines; it pulls it all together, provides a thread.

      I especially like 'where I keep binders of my paper life'; it brings to mind so many things. Well done!

      Ann

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      Louise Powles 4 weeks ago from Norfolk, England

      That's a lovely poem, Jamie. As Ann said, it's full of emotion. Really touching. =)

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 4 weeks ago from Reno NV

      Thank you Ann and Louise I hope you are both well. Jamie

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      I've always been a big fan of repetition. I think it is powerful when used correctly, and you used it perfectly.

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      Mark Tulin 4 weeks ago from Santa Barbara, California

      This poem resonated with me having been divorced. The fruits of the labor of marriage is undeniable as expressed in your final line. Thanks.

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      Ann Carr 4 weeks ago from SW England

      Fine thanks, Jamie. Busy but fine!

      Ann

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      ThreeKeys 4 weeks ago from Australia

      I,too,find the repitition of words or lines powerful. Thank you Jamie

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 4 weeks ago from Reno NV

      Thank you Bill, Mark, and ThreeKeys. Pantoum and other reputation poems are difficult. It is hard to find a line to repeat and then to weave it into the completed poem. It feels good to know that I may have hit the mark. Thank you again. Jamie

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