A French Pantoum

During July and August, I have been attending a weekly study group. We have been sharing the book, The Artist’s Way, by Christine Valters Paintner. As our class is coming to its close, we spent our class last Wednesday (August 29th) looking back over the entire book. We were tasked with coming up with the main idea that spoke to us from each chapter, and then to write a French Pantoum, which is a poetic form that writes itself (and you can read more about here). Since a Pantoum is generally six original lines, repeated via a pattern in three separate stanzas, but our book had 12 chapters, we ended up writing two Pontoums and put them together as one.

Here is mine:

Gaze deeply, savor, discover the beauty of the Divine.
Note, with holy curiosity, the mystery of the thin place.
Hold each moment with sacred intention.
Let the rise and fall of daily rhythms become your sacred time.

Note, with holy curiosity, the mystery of the thin place.
Let your spirit emanate from a deeply rooted place.
Let the rise and fall of daily rhythms become your sacred time.
Find wisdom in imperfection.

Let your spirit emanate from a deeply rooted place.
Hold each moment with sacred intention.
Find wisdom in imperfection.
Gaze deeply, savor, discover the beauty of the Divine.

Extend hospitality toward your inner monk.
Share your soul in community.
Always notice the holy landscape, within and without.
Let your sacred “yes” and “no” make its needed space.

Share your soul in community.
Never cease to be astonished at what lies within you.
Let your sacred “yes” and “no” make its needed space.
Let re-creation rule your life.

Never cease to be astonished at what lies within you.
Always notice the holy landscape, within and without.
Let re-creation rule your life.
Extend hospitality toward your inner monk.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *