The Eye of The Kalamatrix: a pantoum poem

The Eye of The Kalamatrix

“The eye of the Kalamatrix opened wide and stared at me.”

Artwork and Gif. animation ©️Lesley Scoble September 2022

THE EYE OF THE KALAMATRIX
 
The eye of the Kalamatrix opened wide and stared at me.
Its nostrils flared, exhaling a fulminate breath of fuming fire and sulphury smoke.
That is all it took to make me scared and flee!
To tell the truth, it was no joke!
 
Its nostrils flared, exhaling a fulminate breath of fuming fire and sulphury smoke.
The fearsome bestial eye glowed in the fiery fog.
To tell the truth, it was no joke!
Fearful of certain death, I fled from hence at a jog.
 
The fearsome bestial eye glowed in the fiery fog.
That is all it took to make me scared and flee!
Fearful of certain death, I fled from hence at a jog.
The eye of the Kalamatrix opened wide and stared at me.

Lesley Scoble September 2022

The Pantoum

The structure of a pantoum consists of a series of quatrains rhyming ABAB in which the 2nd and 4th lines of a quatrain recur as the 1st and 3rd lines in the succeeding quatrain; each quatrain introduces a new 2nd rhyme as BCBC, CDCD. 

The first line of the series recurs as the last line of the closing quatrain, and third line of the poem recurs as the 2nd line of the closing quatrain, rhyming ZAZA.

Lines 2 and 4 become lines 1 and 3 in the succeeding stanzas. Until the last stanza.

The Last Stanza

Line one of the first stanza becomes the last line of the last stanza and the third line of the first stanza becomes the second line in the last stanza

The Eye of the Kalamatrix | Artwork©️Lesley Scoble

I hope you enjoyed my first pantoum! Two days ago I didn’t know what a pantoum poem was.

My thanks to David Ben Alexander and his webpage W3 Prompt for the inspiration and encouragement to write this poem, and to Aditi Sharma for the pantoum prompt.

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