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Pursue the dream and not the dreamer;
she stays out of reach, it must be so.
Release what you have nailed to a tree;
the pagan acts you doubt rebound eternally.

She stays out of reach, it must be so;
relief awaits, and this I vow, your greatest agony.
The pagan acts you doubt rebound eternally;
accommodating crowds will gather either way.

Relief awaits, and this I vow, your greatest agony.
If you don’t resurrect, who will?
Accommodating crowds will gather either way;
the Pilate of your mind retired easily and well.

If you don’t resurrect, who will?
Release what you have nailed to a tree;
the Pilate of your mind retired easily and well.
Pursue the dream and not the dreamer.

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The pantoum is a Malayan verse form, with similarities to the European villanelle and rondeau in its patterns of repetition. I find it works especially well with themes of great intensity.

Happy Easter, everyone!

© Elaine Stirling, 2014
Photograph of Arles, France, by author

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