Pantoum of the Great Depression ~Donald Justice

This pantoum really inspired me to learn more about the style. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Pantoum of the Great Depression

By: Donald Justice

Our lives avoided tragedy
Simply by going on and on,
Without end and with little apparent meaning.
Oh, there were storms and small catastrophes.

Simply by going on and on
We managed. No need for the heroic.
Oh, there were storms and small catastrophes.
I don’t remember all the particulars.

We managed. No need for the heroic.
There were the usual celebrations, the usual sorrows.
I don’t remember all the particulars.
Across the fence, the neighbors were our chorus.

There were the usual celebrations, the usual sorrows
Thank god no one said anything in verse.
The neighbors were our only chorus,
And if we suffered we kept quiet about it.

At no time did anyone say anything in verse.
It was the ordinary pities and fears consumed us,
And if we suffered we kept quiet about it.
No audience would ever know our story.

It was the ordinary pities and fears consumed us.
We gathered on porches; the moon rose; we were poor.
What audience would ever know our story?
Beyond our windows shone the actual world.

We gathered on porches; the moon rose; we were poor.
And time went by, drawn by slow horses.
Somewhere beyond our windows shone the world.
The Great Depression had entered our souls like fog.

And time went by, drawn by slow horses.

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5 thoughts on “Pantoum of the Great Depression ~Donald Justice

  1. I have no interest in writing. I was a social studies teacher and we are notorious for being horrible writers (lol). Anyways, I really admire people who can write and poetry, wow, that is an entire other level of writing if you ask me. Anyways, I enjoyed the above pantoum and the information you gave about it. I also read that you are constantly working on your writing skills and have loved writing since you were six! Good Luck and have fun while on your journey!!!

  2. (Stopping by from NaBloPoMo)

    I’ve always been poetically challenged, but I am truly inspired by your poems and others you post here on your blog. Look forward to reading more in the future!

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