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I’m standing on a giant ball that spins
mostly water, mostly space
you’d think with such a wonder I’d begin
every new day on slightly higher ground

mostly water, mostly space
my heart holds the beat while I navigate
every new day on slightly higher ground
how I viewed things yesterday, who cares?

my heart holds the beat while I navigate
through snickers of cynics who love to recall
how I viewed things yesterday. Who cares
if someone thinks they saw my underwear?

through snickers of cynics who love to recall
past snobs who keep their uppity distance
if someone thinks they saw my underwear
I’ve been known to topple and feel ridiculous

past snobs who keep their uppity distance
I wonder if maybe we’re all just trying
I’ve been known to topple and feel ridiculous
yet where is the harm in a little exposure?

I wonder if maybe we’re all just trying
you’d think with such a wonder I’d begin
yet where is the harm in a little exposure?
I’m standing on a giant ball that spins!

~~~

The pantoum, a traditional Malayan fixed verse, is great fun to write when your thoughts are spinning and you’d like to decelerate. It’s a kind of sudoku with words. My thanks to Mikels Skele, poet and fine thinker, for tweeting “snicker of cynics”. I hope he carries on with his collective noun series. They’re brilliant!

© Elaine Stirling, 2015
The image comes from a site called Just Jared.

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