Pic and a Word Challenge #176: Entangled pantoum

Pantoum is a pretty complicated verse form. This is my first. You’ll see, it’s fun.

Jingle jangle tingle tangle.
Lemons dangle in a Roman jungle.
Pigeons, stealth to steal dog kibble.
Barbie is useless as a guard naked.
Lemons dangle in a Roman jungle,
gardens grow in the watchful climate,
Barbie is useless as a guard naked
but still all know how to entangle.
Gardens grow in the watchful climate,
species many with one tough master
but still all know how to entangle,
all blend and mend to make growth faster.
Species many with one tough master.
Pigeons, stealth to steal dog kibble.
All blend and mend to make growth faster.
Jingle jangle tingle tangle.

This poem wouldn’t exist if I didn’t read my first pantoum on Maggie’s blog What Rhymes with Stanza? And she saw the prompt at dVerse ~ Poets Pub to where I link as well. But it is Patrick who tells us to entangle our thoughts this week for his Pic and a Word Challenge. You see, it takes at least three people to kick me into action.

The photo part of this post happens in the exact garden from the poem. The Barbie ones are from previous years, the lemons are from right now. There will be lemonade, life says.

For: dVerse ~ Poets Pub

And in response to Patrick Jennings’ Pic and a Word Challenge #176: Entangled


    1. Thank you, Susanne. When I read that first Maggie’s pantoum, something clicked and today I felt I had to do mine. This garden always makes an impression. One of the lemon trees used to be in our garden. Amore’s father, whose garden this is and who had given it to us, snatched it back once he saw how poorly the tree is kept. Our garden is quite windy and neither of us has green fingers. And now, back in Rome, it’s full of lemons!

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  1. Thanks for the ping back! These are fun, aren’t they? I’m curious to check out the Pic and Word challenges now. And I think you are the one who introduced me to dVerse, too. Talk about entangled!

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    1. Hihi, Denny, thanks. I never owned a Barbie, we had different kind of dolls, bigger, bulkier, truer to life. She seems like a stick figure to me. This particular one fell down first but then was left out for grabs in the hallway of this apartment building but was never recovered so she found her home in this garden.

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      1. I read your Pantoum then got entangled in other things before realizing I never posted my comment! I love the rhythm in this one. Each line seems like a little vignettes that all together paints a picture of the happenings in the Roman jungle. The pictures very much added to this fun poem! Entangled pantoums intertwining prompts! Great work here!

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      1. that was a lovely technique, to keep the two lines and work with them. i understand how a specific theme can just mesh everything together. nice work!

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  2. If you make lemonade when life gives you lemons,
    what do you make when life gives you Barbies?

    Apparently, a Pantoum!

    Wow, I’m going to have to re-read that a couple times.. by brain’s entangled now. =)

    I love the choice of “Jingle jangle tingle tangle” to begin and end the form with. It is perfectly playful, as is the experience of reading this.

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    1. Thank you, Patrick. And for spurring me into action each week, this time with some help. I was mesmerised by this rhythm. I think it pulled me in to play. But it was your request to entangle that did it. And I think so too that it should be reread. Even I have read it quite a few times by now. 😀

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      1. >grin< I love that sometimes things we create have a way of coming out well beyond our expectations. If I reread something of my own more than a couple of times, I know I’ve hit that mark.

        So, well done! And you’re most welcome. Glad I could be of service to your muse. =)

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      2. I often find the words which find their way onto the page display a wisdom or insight which didn’t come from me. 😉

        A mentor of mine once told me, “You realize you’re simply channeling the wisdom of the ancients.” That makes a lot of sense. ❤

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  3. Well, this pantoum is new to me. Strikes me I would have had fun with it if it had been set as homework at school! I remember attempting to write a Haiku. I don’t think it was much good.


    1. Thank you, Emma. 🙂 It immediately looked like a fun thing to do. But yes, sometimes these blogging challenges feel like school assignments. 😀 I don’t need to specify that I always preferred writing anything than drawing something. Also, your comment went to spam, for the first time, I believe. I’m glad I looked in there and rescued it.

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