Pantoums from Fall 2013

During fall 2013 there were eight contributors to this forthcoming  poetry project.  The theme for this term was DOUBT, and while the interpretation and tone of these poems varies, the resulting batch is, without a doubt, quite special.

Please enjoy the work of: Shae Aiguier, Shannon Cardinal, Angie Dupont,  Emily Johnson, Abby LaChance, Amelia Morin, Carly Sheehan, and Megan Totten.


WHEN IN DOUBT
Shae Aiguier

When in doubt, make a fool of yourself
Do what the others wouldn’t dare
Dance like nobody is watching
Be yourself and no one else

Do what the others wouldn’t dare
Express who you are
Be yourself and no one else
Be courageous

Express who you are
Do the impossible
Be courageous
Push the boundaries

Do the impossible
Dance like nobody is watching
Push the boundaries
When in doubt, make a fool of yourself

 

HOMETOWN GLORY
Shannon Cardinal

They did not want to believe her,
What good will pursuing this do?
All the evidence swirled lazily round the drain and sunk,
Louisville, Steubenville, Maryville, America

“What good will pursing this do?”
The make-up caught in the creases of her eyes as she smiled
In Louisville, Steubenville, Maryville, America

The make-up caught in the creases of her eyes
As she frowned sympathetically, “It doesn’t look good.  You don’t have enough evidence.”
The same guidance counselor, pertly patting my sister’s shoulder.
Suddenly she didn’t want to believe herself either.

She cried that night, “I don’t want to do anything.  There’s not enough evidence.”
This couldn’t happen here, this doesn’t happen here.
She didn’t want to believe herself anymore.
Why couldn’t this have been a dream, just a bad dream? 

This couldn’t happen here, this doesn’t happen here—
But it did.
Why couldn’t this have been a dream, just a bad dream?
She cleaned out her locker and left school like everything was normal.

She didn’t even slam the door, didn’t even make the cheap metal waver and wobble.
She should have slammed it, tried to shut harder the worst day of her life.
She cleaned out her locker and left school like it was all normal.
Because everyone wanted to believe in the boys of fall and hometown glory.

I tried to shut harder the worst day of my life,
And the hallway chattered and buzzed.  Those bastards high-fived.
Everyone wanted to believe in the boys of fall and hometown glory.
No one wanted the responsibility of doing it right.  They transferred it out of the district.

The hallways chattered and buzzed.  Those bastards high-fived.
She didn’t want to stay, no one believed her.  She just wanted everything new and clean.
No one wanted to do right, so they transferred her out of the district.
I don’t want my own bedroom anymore, I’m not sure I ever did.  I wanted her to stay.

She didn’t want to stay, no one believed her.  She just wanted everything new and clean,
To wash the bad blood away.  I could have put soap in the mouth of this town.
I don’t want my own bedroom.  I never wanted my own bedroom.  Please just stay
But it was too late to fight.  All of the evidence had been washed away.

 


UNTITLED
Angie Dupont

When in doubt don’t do it
That’s what my mother always said
Chances are you shouldn’t be doing it
If you have the slightest doubt about it

That’s what my mother always said
You’re always up to no good
Chances are you shouldn’t be doing it
Keep your mouth shut and don’t say a word

You’re always up to no good
Wondering what to do
Keep your mouth shut and don’t say a word
If you don’t like it then too bad

You wonder what to do
When in doubt don’t do it
If you don’t like it then too bad
Chances are you shouldn’t be doing it

 


THE BRUTE
Emily Johnston

He yells, red in the face from the fury.
Beating the surface in front of him with each syllable.
Your eyes swell, resisting the downpour.
You are stronger than they all think.

Beating the surface in front of him with each syllable
Each beat sparks a new feeling.
You are stronger than they all think.
You refuse to give in.

Each beat sparks a new feeling.
You doubt his ability, his intentions, to change his ways.
You refuse to give in.
He said this the last time.

You doubt his ability, his intentions, to change his ways.
You remember you are an independent life-form.
He said this the last time.
He will never be anything but this.

You remember you are an independent life-form.
He yells, red in the face from the fury.
He will never be anything  but this.
Your eyes swell, resisting the downpour.

 


UNTITLED
Abby LaChance

“When in doubt, don’t”
—Benjamin Franklin

She holds her head high.
They say things about her
Even when they don’t know everything.
It only hurst worse now.

The say things about her
She tried to, and failed
It only hurts worse now
The say, “when in doubt, don’t”

She tried to, and failed
The pills weren’t strong enough
The say, “when in doubt, don’t”
How could she not?

The pills weren’t strong enough
She holds her head high
How could you not?
Even when they don’t know everything.

 


DOUBT
Amelia Morin

In everyone’s life
There is a time
When uncertainty takes hold
Your own thoughts are challenged

There is a time
You must overcome this threat
Your own thoughts are challenged
You must fight for what you believe

You must overcome this threat
It’s ok to have some doubt but
You must fight for what you believe
In the end the doubt is replaced by certainty

It’s ok to have some doubt but
When uncertainty takes hold
In the end the doubt is replaced by certainty
In everyone’s life

 


A HOPEFUL DOUBT
Carly Sheehan

But that’s my child, that’s my son
Have you seen him, have you heard?
The moon is bright tonight, does he see?
I wonder if he’s warm tonight.

Have you seen him, have you heard?
Across the seas, I wish for peace
I wonder if he’s warm tonight
But my hope, so weak, is lost in doubt.

Across the seas, I wish for peace
Gunfire shatters such a hope in half
This hope so weak, it’s lost in doubt
I think he’s gone, but oh, I hope I’m wrong.

Gunfire shatters such a hope in half
The moon is bright tonight, does he see?
I think he’s gone, oh, I hope I’m wrong
Because that’s my child, that’s my son.

 


BROKEN
Megan Totten

She cut herself as she turned it over and over
The glass shards pricked her fingers
Silent tears dripped from her chin
And mingled with blood

The glass shards pricked her fingers
As she scooped the broken snow globe
And mingled with blood
Was the synthetic white globs that were once snowflakes

As she scooped the broken snow globe
She avoided the little house now tipped upside down
Was the synthetic white globs that were once snowflakes
Really something that caught her eye?

She avoided the little house now tipped upside down
As she plucked up the broken remains
Really something that caught her eye
Now lying broken where she threw it

As she plucked up the broken remains
She eyed the pretty house that resembled her own
Now lying broken where she threw it
She knew she would have to pick it up alone

She eyed the pretty house that resembled her own
Silent tears dripped from her chin
Now lay broken where she threw it
She cut herself as she turned it over and over

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