This past May I had the honour and privilege of attending a personal week of retreat at Queenswood here in Victoria, BC, Canada. What an amazing opportunity and experience! In the quiet and beauty of this secluded area, I spent the majority of time in meditation â€“ walking, reading, writing â€“ listening and feeling. Even meals were a time of silence if I chose the earliest sitting.
I found myself drawn to the library (open 24 hours) late one evening and discovered a new author, Wendy Morton. She is a local woman, from Sooke, BC here on Vancouver Island. Her book â€œSix Impossible Things Before Breakfastâ€ practically fell into my hands from an upper shelf display as I walked by. Through this book and her shared story and writings, Wendy has inspired me to perform spontaneous, playful â€˜Random Acts of Poetryâ€™.
In Wendyâ€™s book (definitely a worth read!!!!!), she describes a style of poetry Iâ€™d never heard of before â€“ Pantoum. It is a French form of poetry with â€˜an intricate pattern of line repetitionâ€™.
Since that day, Iâ€™ve found myself using the Pantoum style any time I want to delve deeper into a concept. Iâ€™ve used it to expand ideas, to open myself up when blocked about something, to more fully explore a fabulous emotional response to a person or situation. Basically, when I want to understand my own self better, I take a thought or idea and â€˜pantoumâ€™ it!
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