Poetry by Jeff Green

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A history lesson

by cricketjeff on August 6, 2008.  © Jeff Green, All rights reserved

When old Malayans wrote pantoums
To try to charm a ladies heart
They read their verse in private rooms
So new romance could make a start

To try to charm a ladies heart
The French retrieved this ancient form
So new romance could make a start
They chose to make their pantoums warm

The French retrieved this ancient form
Americans then wrote them well
They chose to make their pantoums warm
So many tales they had to tell

Americans then wrote them well
They changed the art in sev’ral ways
So many tales they had to tell
Of deeds performed in ancient days

They changed the art in sev’ral ways
They read their verse in private rooms
Of deeds performed in ancient days
When old Malayans wrote pantoums

Author notes

Malayan Pantoums are all 8 syllable lines so I have stuck to that, European and American ones do not follow the rule.