A Blazing Light in the Woods (a poem)

A blazing light in the woods
From where did it come?
Light speed it easily exceeds
Then I heard a loud thump

From where did it come?
This brilliant, mysterious light
Then I heard a loud thump
Everything was bathed in white

This brilliant, mysterious light
Changing these woods in an instant
Everything was bathed in white
Pressure in my head was constant

Changing these woods in an instant
I tried to run, but I could not
Pressure in my head was constant
Then the woods became deadly hot

I tried to run, but I could not
I realized I would die here
Then the woods became deadly hot
And my body quickly disappeared

Author’s Note: This poetic form is called a Pantoum, which I learned about from the Writer’s Digest website. The Pantoum originates from Malay and here are the rules:

  • a rhyme scheme of ABAB
  • quatrains (4-line stanzas)
  • repeat lines 2 and 4 in previous stanza as lines 1 and 3 in the next stanza

I thought this was a fun poetic form, and I like the rhyming refrains.

As for the poem’s content, I simply used the image as a prompt. I imagined the brilliant light as almost supernatural that could expand and destroy the area. Thanks for reading!

(Photo by Roman Grachev on Unsplash)


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