A Pantoum in Elephant Journal

My poem “A Brief History of Standing” appeared in Elephant Journal today here.

Here’s another version:

A Brief History of Standing submission

The title and the inspiration for this poem came from a book I picked up at Tai Chi Concho in San Angelo as I was waiting for my Qigong class to begin.  This book was titled The Way of Qigong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing.

As I thumbed through the pages, I came upon a section titled “A Brief History of Standing” and I thought, “Wow!  That would be a great title for a poem.”  And then after coming home and starting to work on the poem, I decided that the form of the pantoum would be an interesting approach to try, and from there, I just let it wind itself down the page as it seemed best.