A Double-Pantoum of Abel Tasman and Janna

 

 

 

 

The Deception of Explorer Abel Tasman

Abel Tasman stepped on shore of New Zealand
Lauded with glory, yet there was a glowering mark
All hail the Tasman Bridge, Tasman sea, isn’t it grand!
But a stain he bears, now hidden in the dark

Lauded with glory, yet there was a glowering mark
Taking justice into his own hands, he hanged another
Now a stain he bears, hidden in the dark
He had no claim on the life of a brother

Taking justice into his own hands, he hanged another
He granted no trial, sat in sole judgment
He had no claim on the life of a brother
He felt invincible, there’d be no one to dissent

He granted no trial, sat in sole judgment
But another at his orders lost his life
He felt invincible, there’d be no one to dissent
No explanation offered to the sailor’s wife

But another at his orders lost his life
All hail the Tasman Bridge, Tasman sea, isn’t it grand!
No explanation offered to the sailor’s wife
Abel Tasman stepped on shore of New Zealand

 

 

 

From the Soldier Executed by Tasman

Dearest Janna, whom I will love forever
I face today a noose made of twine
To pay for a crime I did not endeavor
My fate, my kismet, to such I resign

I face today a noose made of twine
When you read this under the shining sun
My fate, my kismet, to such I resign
The rope will have tightened, its purpose done

When you read this under the shining sun
My last thoughts were of you, how I grieve this day
The rope will have tightened, its purpose done
Give my love to our children, nothing more to say

My last thoughts were of you, how I grieve this day
To pay for a crime I did not endeavor
Give my love to our children, nothing more to say
Dearest Janna, whom I will love forever

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