Morning Mists (A Pantoum Poem)
As morning mists were kissed by sun,
To my delight the flock took flight
On golden veil that heaven spun,
A sign that said, “The World is right”.
To my delight the flock took flight.
The fog gave depth to Earth’s tableau.
A sign that said, “The World is right”,
When sunbeams danced as Starlings flew.
The fog gave depth to Earth’s tableau
As burst of life filled morning sky.
When sunbeams danced as Starlings flew,
My soul took flight with them on high.
As burst of life filled morning sky,
While fog displayed what God has done,
My soul took flight with them on high,
As morning mists were kissed by sun.
A flock of Starlings take flight from the reeds in Southwestern Minnesota as I marvel at the sight.
I was camping at Blue Mounds State Park in Southwestern Minnesota, and was out for an early morning walk, drinking a cup of coffee. As I approached the riverbank on a foggy morning, a flock of Starlings burst from the reeds and took flight around me. It was amazing to behold. This Poem is about that moment when nature transforms into art.
The Poem is a Pantoum. A pantoum is a poem that is made up of quatrains. In a pantoum the second and fourth lines of the previous stanza are repeated as the first and third lines of the next stanza. So you achieve a tumble of repeated phrases that cascade through the poem. I really like the results this format creates when you can multiply your thoughts and slightly transform them in each stanza. The resulting rhyme scheme becomes abab.
There is no requirement for a specific meter. For this poem I chose iambic tetrameter. I also repeated line one as the last line, but that isn’t necessary.
This picture is one of my most acclaimed photographs. Of the 800 photo’s I have posted on the web site Capture Minnesota, this one ranked number 3. It was taken in August, 2012 at Blue Mounds State Park, where I went to capture pictures of the Buffalo herd and rare birds in the area.