Forewarning Pantoum by Savannah Slone

Cannonading seas warn of malevolent presences.
Ominous seagull song tells stories of impending terror.
Intentions of abduction: Their shadows threaten my existence.
Vile shadows inch nearer. I scramble. Safe harbor.

Ominous seagull song tells stories of impending terror.
My fearful feet wade — unwilling to run.
Vile shadows inch nearer. I scramble. Safe harbor.
My body beats a tempest of panic.

My fearful feet wade — unwilling to run.
The ocean’s multiple personalities pull me this way and that.
My body beats a tempest of panic.
Last minute maternal liberation; near abduction. Rescued.

The ocean’s multiple personalities pull me this way and that.
Cannonading seas warn of malevolent presences.
Last minute maternal liberation; near abduction. Rescued.
Intentions of abduction: Their shadows threaten my existence.

Savannah Slone is in her final quarter at Central Washington University, earning her bachelor’s degree in professional and creative writing. She lives in Skykomish, Washington, where she works a handful of part-time jobs and cares for her toddler with autism. She enjoys reading, writing, knitting and hiking. Slone’s poetry has appeared in Manastash Literary Journal. Her journalistic work has appeared in the Circle of Mamas, Everyday Career Girl, Get It Going Now and the Monroe Monitor.