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Friday, 9 September 2011

I beg not to be labelled


I beg not to be labelled 
I beg not to be taught this  
Be labelled and presented as a form 
Of a form, in a form 

I  beg not  to be taught this  
Essence, drained of blood and of life 
Of a form, in a form
On the butcher's table, drunk by the critics  

Essence, drained of blood and of life
Drunk by the critics, without feel
On the butchers table, drunk by the critics
Boxed and presented in genre of pigeon holes 


Drunk by the critics, without feel
I beg not to be labelled 
Boxed and presented in genre of pigeon holes
And claim to know where my thoughts lie 


I beg not to be labelled, 
Not to be read, by those without soul  
And claim to know where my thoughts lie
They will taint my handy work  


Not to be read, by those without soul
Emotions that burst out in knowing, feeling 
They will taint my handy work
So I beg not to be labelled, by the critics


Emotions that burst out in knowing, feeling
A connection no man can explain 
So I beg not to be labelled, by the critics
No, not even I can,  be allowed to, label


A connection no man can explain 
Presume to know your interpretation
No, not even I can, be allowed to, label  
This is my gift to your kind 

Presume to know your interpretation
But to be felt and shared, loved  
This is my gift to your kind
To understand with no need on emphasis 

But to be felt and shared 
So I beg not to be labelled  
To understand with no need on emphasis 
Who spats out false prophecy 


So I beg not to be labelled 
Of knowing, by the soulless 
Who spats out false prophecy
I beg not to be labelled

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7 comments:

  1. dude...you took this and ran...form is so hard for me...as would be being pigeon holed or labeled or put in a box...ha...a nice life lesson, but also apropo to my trying this form lol

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  2. I know how you feel...

    ~laurie

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  3. As a poem this is really great - as a pantoum, IMO, can't be called one. You did repeat the lines but! you didn't repeat the correct ones in the correct order (which I think I would list as a necessity)..then you didn't rhyme ABAB or even ABAB CDCD EFEF etc to the last stanza although you did end on the line you began on.

    So not quite a pantoum. That's ok...remember my sestina was not quite a sestina, so try it again when you're of a mind. With this one or maybe another topic. This poem stands alone as a good poem, but not really a pantoum, I don't think.

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  4. very interesting - I've not seen such a long pantoum before - kudos for taking the form and running with it to create this poem

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  5. you really devised an effective poem with a emotive message that is emphasised by the pontoum -

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  6. You obviously had a lot of fun with this, and it was fun to read.

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