AN ENTERTAINING SUMMER – DAY #13: HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME / PANTOUM

Our next song selection is Hot Fun in the Summertime by Sly and the Family Stone.

SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE
“Hot Fun In The Summertime”

(Sylvester Stewart (aka Sly Stone))

End of the spring
And here she comes back
Hi, hi, hi, hi there
Them summer days
Those summer days

That’s when I had
Most of my fun, back
High, high, high, high there
Them summer days
Those summer days

cloud nine when I want to
Out of school, yeah
County fair in the country sun
And everything is true
Ooh, yeah, yeah

Hot fun in the summertime
Hot fun in the summertime
Hot fun in the summertime
Hot fun in the summertime

First of the fall
And then she goes back
Bye, bye, bye, bye there
Them summer days
Those summer days

Boop-boop-boop-boop
When I want to
Out of school
County fair in the country sun
And everything is cool
Ooh, yeah, yeah

Hot fun in the summertime
Hot fun in the summertime
Hot fun in the summertime

The weather has been a topic (when isn’t it?) of late, with many areas in the throes of extreme heat. It hasn’t been much fun. But this song always had a feel good vibe to it. It mentions ideas for summer fun. End of school, county fairs,  being out in the country sun, but let’s not forget the heat. Listen to the song or read the lyrics and heat up your muse for some summer fun. A “family” vacation wouldn’t be out of the question either (They are the Family Stone after all!) Inspiration is all around us. Take the plunge and be cool!

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Wednesday also mean a form requirement. Today, it’s the Pantoum!

A rare form of poetry similar to a villanelle. 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.

 

In the example, the letters A, B, C etc refer to whole repeated lines, not just rhyming lines.

a First Line
b Second Line
c Third Line
d Fourth Line

b Second Line
e Fifth Line
d Fourth Line
f Sixth Line

e Fifth Line
c Third Line
f Sixth Line
a First Line

Example of Pantoum:

PANTOUM OF THE OPERA

I hide in the shadows concealed,
through cavernous matter of gray,
where these fragments of thought are revealed,
and fiery synapses play.

Through cavernous matter of gray,
a muse is amused and aroused,
as fiery synapses play
with words that those thoughts do espouse.

A muse so amused and aroused,
composition of poetry proposed,
through words that those thoughts do espouse,
and the feelings of heart so exposed.

Composition of poetry proposed,
set to music, a song so inspired,
with feelings of heart so exposed,
laced with love’s sweet burning fire.

Set to music, a song so inspired,
an aria driven and strong,
laced with love’s sweet burning fire,
for you to sing, Angel of Song.

An aria driven and strong,
you see through my flaws to my soul,
you sing to me, Angel of song,
and my vision of you takes control.

You see through my flaws to my soul,
exposing the me you have known,
as my vision of you takes control,
it shows you how much I have grown.

Expose me, the man you have known,
I hide in your shadows concealed.
I’ll show you how much love has grown,
when these fragments of thoughts are revealed.

© Walter J. Wojtanik