You Ask Me To Leave (Pantoum Poetry)

The “pantun” is a Malaysian poetic form that was introduced to the West by French novelist, essayist, and poet, Victor Hugo (1802-1885) , hence the French spelling, “pantoum.” Westerners have taken creative liberties with the Malaysian form, which tends to follow a standard rhyme form of ABAB, where multiple, rather than single subjects, are introduced. While pantoums can have unlimited stanzas, you might want to begin with a 3-stanza poem until you get the hang of it:
Stanza 1: Line 1/Line 2/Line 3/Line 4
Stanza 2: Line 5 (repeat of line 2 in stanza 1) /Line 6 (new line) /Line 7 (repeat of line 4 in stanza 1) /
Line 8 (new line)
Stanza 3/Last Stanza (This is the format for the last stanza regardless of how many preceding stanzas exist) : Line 9 (line 2 of the previous stanza) /Line 10 (line 3 of the first stanza) /Line 11 (line 4 of the previous stanza) /Line 12 (line 1 of the first stanza)

And you ask me to leave all behind
Now, when our moment in time is done
Going nowhere with nothing in mind,
'Cause you're my world and my special one.


Now, when our moment in time is done
I love you like there's no end in sight,
'Cause you're my world and my special one.
You're still on my mind all day and night.


I love you like there's no end in sight.
You're inside me filling my soul's space.
You're still on my mind all day and night.
I feel still cuddled in your embrace.


You're inside me filling my soul's space
Going nowhere with nothing in mind.
I feel still cuddled in your embrace,
And you ask me to leave it all behind.

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by Marieta Maglas

Comments (2)

you guys are so sad suck a and from then on call your self roger
splendid! i found this one very beautiful. makes perfect sense clearly(unlike some other works of his)