Villanelles

A villanelle is a nineteen-line poem with two repeating rhymes and two refrains. It consists of five tercets followed by a quatrain. The first and third lines of the opening tercet are repeated alternately in the last lines of the succeeding stanzas; then in the final stanza, the refrain serves as the poem’s two concluding lines.

 

I heard the Robins Wake the Dawn – The Villanelle

As day was coming, dousing dark with grays And sun rose, nagging night to move along I heard the robins wake the dawn with praise The new beginning swept the yesterdays Into the black abyss where nights belong As day was coming, dousing dark with grays The falcons...

The Lady Dances To the Violin

  "O wad some powr the giftie gie us" ... Robert Burns The lady dances to the violin She strives to win her gallant paramour While lightly, lightly bobs her double chin. Her slippers tripping, marking each refrain Gently placed, in order, on the floor: The lady dances...

Writing Poetry – The Villanelle

A villanelle is a nineteen-line poem with two repeating rhymes and two refrains. It consists of five tercets followed by a quatrain. The first and third lines of the opening tercet are repeated alternately in the last lines of the succeeding stanzas; then in the final...

Ode to Teabaggers

Their faces disfigure, contort with rage They’re pining for a past that’s never been They can’t accept the coming modern age The hater and the screamer is their sage Outshouting debate, creating a din Their faces disfigure, contort with rage The consequences of the...

We know so little

We know so little when we’re young, inspired The words we’d speak but lack the wit to form, Before the wisdom comes we’re old, grown tired The energies and dreams ambitions fired Are trapped by untaught rhetoric, unborn We know so little when we’re young, inspired...