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Rain Dog, a Pantoum

Jan 18, 2023


Memorable writing that sparks imagination. Lean in. Hear the writer’s voice on the page.

Rain Dog, a Pantoum

By Suse Pareto

Dog is bored and restless.

Rain is pouring down.

I’m loath to leave this comfy bed,

but walk we must, says she.

 

Rain is pouring down,

the road is sodden and feckless.

But walk we must, says she,

up to the woods we go.

 

The road is sodden and feckless.

The hills are wet and slick.

Up to the woods we go,

Dog barks in great delight.

 

The hills are wet and slick,

rain drips from leaf and stick.

Dog barks in great delight,

“Water slithering, sliding everywhere!”

 

Rain drips from leaf and stick.

The gullies run fast and wild,

water slithering, sliding everywhere,

it’s like the earth has burst.

 

The gullies run fast and wild,

Dog nips at water’s tumble.

It’s like the earth has burst,

she frolics and romps quite madly.

 

Dog nips at water’s tumble,

gamboling down the hill.

She frolics and romps quite madly,

there’s never been a better day.

 

Gamboling down the hill,

a whirling dervish made of mud,

there’s never been a better day.

As rain keeps pouring down.

 

A whirling dervish made of mud.

It’s time to end our walk,

as rain keeps pouring down

my soles and hat are sogged.

 

It’s time to end our walk.

I whistle loud and firm.

My soles and hat are sogged,

but never has my heart

felt so lithe and light.

Suse Pareto writes and lives in western Petaluma, California with her dogs, cat and husband.

A pantoum is a poetic form derived from a Malaysian verse form in which the 2nd and 4th line of every verse becomes the 1st and 3rd line of the following verse creating interwoven quatrains.

Pantoum rules and pantoums on The Write Spot Blog:

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