Dropping Her off Outside the School (Pantoum with German line)

Being considerate, wie’s eine Mutter ist,
she stops the car outside the parking lot.
Being considerate, she does not insist,
but lets it go, assumes the girl forgot.

She stops the car outside the parking lot
and dreams the kiss that she will not receive.
She lets it go, convinced the girl forgot.
She sits and sees her eldest daughter leave.

As she dreams the kiss she won’t receive
there is no time for tears: Somebody hoots.
She sits and sees her eldest daughter leave
in that outrageous dress, those Christmas boots.

There is no time for tears. Somebody hoots.
She fumbles down there, finally finds the key.
Oh, that outrageous dress, those Christmas boots!
The sparkplug does its job and so does she.

She fumbles down there, wishes for a key
to solve this puzzle, stop this bond from breaking.
The sparkplug does its job, so why can’t she?
(She remembers that her lawn needs raking.)

To solve this puzzle, stop this bond from breaking,
being considerate, she will not insist.
She will remember that her lawn needs raking,
being considerate, wie’s eine Mutter ist.

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3 Responses to Dropping Her off Outside the School (Pantoum with German line)

  1. Ooooh, a pantoum … probably my favourite form just now 🙂

  2. Kallis says:

    Was stranded in the hell of muse-refuse (she just wouldn’t kiss) and in such situations, doesn’t a strict form just help?

  3. hjs says:

    Good one, not just the form (well varied!), but the emotions in there too (I thought you were a dad and had two boys 😉

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