Category Archives: villanelle

In my lowness wait

His gentle touch conveyed what words  might say But skin to skin we feel, we  learn, we know That in my heart I felt what he displayed Into this heart he  softly made his way As  if he had a … Continue reading

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Europe took their human ash within

In Bedzin and in Krakow they breathed in What they denied in conscious thought or word. The ashes of the Jews, the shades of skin Penetrating lungs so deep within The dead unburied mixed, in air secured In Bedzin and … Continue reading

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The words we heard when we  learned how to swear

The pleated skirts that teachers  used to wear The tight permed hair, the handbag and the pearls The words we heard when we  learned how to swear With words we threw out what we could not bear Then simpered by … Continue reading

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We love your form and elegance ,oh both

To you my villanelle I plight my troth A poem both  dignified  and full of play I love your form and elegance ,oh both In your form I’ll never insert oaths Neither will I boast  of making hay To you … Continue reading

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We freeze our soul

Like the threatened frog or timorous toad In a bowl of water by the path We play dead,we keep our profile low Until a sense of safety is restored We freeze instead of exploding with  crazed wrath Like the threatened … Continue reading

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I am only happy when you’re sad

It seems I can’t feel good unless you’re bad We have to   see things clear, to draw a line I am only happy when you’re sad You’re not me, so ,oh,I’m deeply glad I don’t want any grey in my … Continue reading

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The human mind creates both good and ill

The human mind creates both good and ill A chimpanzee is harmless, unlike man Where is  our acceptance and good will? The hatred of the other lives on stilln. We see  both plots and evil where we ca The human … Continue reading

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The pattern

A villanelle is like a cable knit The lines repeated twist ,make strong ,make warm My  mind  is held by pattern as I sit How can we find a subject that is fit To spend our time to make  this … Continue reading

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The art of sadness isn’t hard master

The art of sadness isn’t hard  to master Anyone can learn this should they choose Dwell on all your losses  and disasters Think of all the bad times, slower, faster Ruminate until you get the blues The art of sadness … Continue reading

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Fire

The  wordless feelings of the soul  catch light Like fire,like diamonds, like the dust of stars With their fire they penetrate the night To expression, they the mind incite To where the words may open and be clear The  wordless … Continue reading

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