But Have No Tears

I am weeping but have no tears
The sorrow overwhelms me
The sobs stifled so nobody hears
Pain is hidden so no one can see

The sorrow overwhelms me
Oh world, just leave me alone
Pain is hidden so no one can see
This fabric of sadness has been sewn

Oh world, just leave me alone
Suffocated by life’s impossibilities
This fabric of sadness has been sewn
The public face is far from the realities

Suffocated by life’s impossibilities
Broken, smothered and defeated
The public face is far from the realities
The hope and energy totally depleted

This is the hand that has been given
The sobs stifled so nobody hears
Regardless of how hard I have driven
I am weeping but have no tears

The pantoum is a form of poetry similar to a villanelle in that there are repeating lines throughout the poem.   It became popular in Europe and later North America in the nineteenth and especially the twentieth century.  It is composed of a series of quatrains; the second and fourth lines of each stanza are repeated as the first and third lines of the next. This pattern continues for any number of stanzas, except for the final stanza, which differs in the repeating pattern. The first and third lines of the last stanza are the second and fourth of the penultimate; the first line of the poem is the last line of the final stanza, and the third line of the first stanza is the second of the final. Ideally, the meaning of lines shifts when they are repeated although the words remain exactly the same: this can be done by shifting punctuation, punning, or simply recontextualizing.
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