A pantoum is a Malaysian form of poetry. It consists of any number of alternating quatrains with lines of any length and meter. Lines 2 and 4 of each stanza becomes lines 1 and 3 of the succeeding stanza. The lines are repeated in their entirety so that the stanza are interlocked with those above and below. The last stanza contains lines 1 and 3 of the first stanza in reverse order. It has been described as a villanelle-like obsessive and tedious form. Source: University of Northern Iowa. (2001). "Craft of Poetry" course. website: Quatrain (uni.edu) Rites of passage I loved and wept in equal measure Too young to know the difference Walking in a world I was never too sure Not knowing how to read their inference. Too young to know the difference Caught in the tides of fashion Not knowing how to read their inference Living with new found passion. Caught in the tides of fashion In the thrall of big city lights Living with new passion Short days and long nights In the thrall of big city lights Walking in a world I was never sure Short days and long nights I loved and wept in equal measure.