The Skaters; a zanze

A post by Anita Song detailing a zanze challenge has inspired several poems including this:

The Skaters;
a zanze inspired by Torvil and Dean’s creative partnership

You and me forever, not yet
Ever, never, too close our bond,
Love uninvited none can forget
Though, our time’s not really begun,

You and me forever
Dance on gossamer ice,
Creating together
Perfect instants in life,

You and me for
Decades belong
With each other
In others’ arms,

You and
Our epithet,
The fire we skate upon,
You and me forever, not yet.

Antonia Sara Zenkevitch


When the mountains impale the sky,
They rupture the veins in the clouds
And colors explode with a sigh
While wrapping the heaven in shrouds.

When the mountains impale
The malevolent winds,
They sink fast with a wail
Like a shark with no fins.

When the mountains
All roar with pride,
Lava fountains
Erupt inside.

When the
Clouds start to cry,
Rain falls down with a “shhuh,”
When the mountains impale the sky.

2019 © Sonya Annita Song

For a more cohesive example of this form, please read Steven R. Robertson’s poem, “Yet Far Off (Zanze).”  Thank you, Steven, for inspiring me to attempt the Zanze.

The Challenge

Instructions on writing a Zanze:

  1. There are a total of 16 lines:
    • The 1st and 16th lines repeat.
  2. The rhyme scheme is Abab cdcd efef gagA.
    • The capital A represents the repeating 1st and 16th lines.
  3. There are four…

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  1. Cubby says:

    Favorite line: “Dance on gossamer ice.” Splendid write! 🙂

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