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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Don’t Fear My Friend, I Won’t Betray

Don’t fear my friend, I won’t betray.
I will not even the future meet,
Look through my eyes, will even they?

I am like chuckles in summer’s day
That’s gone in sound of autumn’s feet.
Don’t fear my friend, I won’t betray.

I am a harmless, void of fray
That flees with tracks on fields of wheat.
Look through my eyes, will even they?

Do not be terrified, I have no say,
The grievous canines are not my feat.
Don’t fear my friend, I won’t betray.

You solved my puzzle in just one day,
But left one dent where sprung great heat.
Look through my eyes, will even they?

From scorn, disgust you’re led astray
By rusty iron that’s not my seat.
Don’t fear my friend, I won’t betray.
Look through my eyes, will even they?

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This is my first ever villanelle, or so I thought. I am halfway through with the book I bought yesterday and there are really good villanelles in the collection! My favorite so far is Kevin Flanagan's I Dream Of You And Live Again.

I love iambs, especially the sound of them when read aloud so I tried to make a villanelle with a little rhythm in it, though some of the lines were not perfectly done. Monotony is not aesthetically mature, so I kind of had an excuse for not pulling the rhythm off quite well.

If you're curious, I'll be quoting the book's (The Poetry Now Book of Villanelles edited by Heather Killingray) definition of a villanelle:

"A villanelle is a poem of 19 lines arranged in six stanzas. The first five stanzas have three lines (tercets) and the last stanza has four lines (a quatrain). The first and last lines of the first stanza serve as refrains which are repeated, in turn, throughout the poem until the last stanza where they come together to form the last two lines of the poem."

I enjoy this, really. Of course, I will be making more villanelles in the future.

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