When We First Met

A pantoum for Simone

Maddy Aramis
Jul 15 · 1 min read
Photo by Warren Wong on Unsplash

It was your smile that caught me.
When we first met
my impulse was to flee,
to deny the implied threat.

When we first met
you suggested a walk
denied the implied threat;
made me stop. Take stock.

You suggested a walk
somewhere quiet, the garden.
Made me stop. Take stock
of why the skies had darkened.

Somewhere quiet, the garden
seemed like a mistake
when the skies had darkened.
Rain only leads to heartbreak.

It seemed like a mistake.
My impulse was to flee.
Rain only leads to heartbreak.
It was your smile that caught me.

The pantoum is a rhymed poetry form which relies on repetition of lines to link and interweave the stanzas. The final stanza repeats the first and third lines of the first stanza but reverses the order in which they appear. The pantoum is described in this post on Writer’s Digest (though they don’t reverse the order of the two lines in the final stanza).

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