Creative Writing

Some Writings…

This is a pantoum, a real challenge in poetry. It is composed of a series of quatrains; the second and fourth lines of each stanza are repeated as the first and third lines of the next. The trick is to use the repeating lines smoothly, unnoticeably.

November 22, 1963
by Suzanne Hornwood 1995

Kennedy will not appear live today
in black and white on CBS,
but we keep vigil by our TV sets
and mark the day and place and the random cries in the streets.

In black and white on CBS,
“three shots fired at the motorcade.”
We mark the day and place and the random cries in the streets.
“The President is dead. The President is dead.”

Three shots fired at the motorcade
every life on hold waiting to hear if
the President is dead. The President is dead.
And we forget his other women.

Every life on hold waiting to hear
what has become of this country.
And we forget his other women
when the movers carry out his rocking chair.

What has become of this country?
A woman weeps in a house full of flowers
when the movers carry out his rocking chair.
His words repeating in every thought of

a woman weeping in a house full of flowers.
The silent masses parade to Arlington,
his words repeating in every thought
reminiscing through the media.

The silent masses parade to Arlington.
Kennedy will not appear live today.
Reminiscing through the media,
we keep vigil by our TV sets.

All rights reserved. 2017 Suzanne Appel.

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