Out of the tomb pantoum

In honor of Easter, on Day Four of National Poetry Month

Like Christ we also can live a new life
Out of darkness into light
Offering forgiveness amid strife
As sunrise conquers longest night

Out of darkness into light
Eyes blinking, faith made sight
As sunrise conquers longest night
On the wings of morning, take flight

Eyes blinking, faith made sight
Releasing what is past
On the wings of morning, take flight
Heart’s stone removed at last

Releasing what is past
Offering forgiveness amid strife
Heart’s stone removed at last
Like Christ we also can live a new life

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Note: A pantoum doesn’t have to rhyme, although mine does. It is a form comprised of repeating lines in this pattern:

  1. Begin by writing four original lines.
    1 2 3 4
  2. REPEAT lines 2 and 4 and expand ideas in lines 5 and 6:
    2 5 4 6
  3. REPEAT lines 5 and 6, expand ideas in lines 7 and 8:
    5 7 6 8
  4. FINALLY, repeat lines 1, 3, 7 and 8 in the following order:
    7 3 8 1

5 thoughts on “Out of the tomb pantoum

  1. Fran,
    I am taking a class so I can join a church in Penn where my son lives. I can continue to attend (post Covid) the church here without being a member but I can “act like one”. (It’s a Grace Chapel, I am not sure of their denomination.) Methodists do not allow you to belong to two denominations. I was raised and confirmed in the UMC long ago. And i am drawn to the amazing spirit at the church in Penn. especially the senior pastor but also the others one of whom lives close to my son’s house. I am doing a lot of Bible study and reading in a way that is sort of new to me now as I have not studied the Bible in a long time, so this poem really resonated with me. Could I share it with my Pastor friend? I love how you did the Villanelle.

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