Amera Andersen

(12/03/81 / New Jersey)

Christmas Eve


O Christmas Eve is such a treat
Forget the malls and things I dread
With Candy dreams and you my sweet
The time has come to go to bed

Forget the malls and things I dread
As we lay down and close our eyes
The time has come to go to bed
Tomorrow brings a bright surprise

As we lay down and close our eyes
I reach for you and hold your hand
Tomorrow brings a bright surprise
It’s perfect now just as we planned

I reach for you and hold your hand
With Candy dreams and you my sweet
It’s perfect now just as we planned
O Christmas Eve is such a treat


Author notes

Pantoum:
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 stanza then 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

Submitted: Thursday, December 13, 2007
Edited: Friday, April 29, 2011

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