Your Silence Will Not Save You (#10, Hour 22) [Pantoum]

Your silence will not save you
True transformation demands a death tax without exception
Transition but a pretty word for the demise of what we know
Caterpilllars consume themselves in the cocoon, sacrifice what is for what will be

True transformation demands a death tax without exception
Caterpilllars consume themselves in the cocoon, sacrifice what is for what will be
Its beauty tinged with the stench of death
Pain etched in gold, set in diamonds

Caterpilllars consume themselves in the cocoon, sacrifice what is for what will be
Butterflies drink muddy water with their feet, transparent wings flutter, fleeting
Pain etched in gold, set in diamonds
They cannot fly when cold

Butterflies drink muddy water with their feet, transparent wings flutter, fleeting
Your silence will not save you
They cannot fly when cold
Transition but a pretty word for the demise of what we know

4 thoughts on “Your Silence Will Not Save You (#10, Hour 22) [Pantoum]

  1. Haunting exercise here. Who or what is caught, isn’t just the butterfly. And the final line is a necessarily uncomfortable summary. Of everything I’ve read here, this one most would I like to hear spoken.

    1. Thanks, Kris! One day I hope to read it…somewhere! I googled short forms and found the Korean Sijo and just experimented. The longer forms are a bit trickier but still really satisfying. FOrces me to be very precise with word choice.

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