Mountain Villanelle

Mountain Villanelle

darkness almost kissed
a line of pink – orange, now trim’d
down, sun, into mist

mountain’s top, a tryst,
lovers blend in shadow’s swim
darkness almost kissed

curve to curve, each twist
heartbeat’s breadth from fallen rim
down, sun, into mist

crumbling rock and schist,
moss blankets, dew covers limb
darkness almost kissed

dawn’s cruel insist
chasing lightning wind and whim
darkness almost kissed
down, sun, into mist

 


Na/GloPoWriMo Day Twenty-Six requests a poem that uses repetition.

It just so happens that I ran across another poet writing a villanelle using sequential haiku this morning, and I had to try it.  I find villanelles to be terribly difficult, but I love writing haiku (or senryu as the case may be,): maybe it would be easier to achieve the villanelle if my syllable count was constrained.

Villanelle:

19 line poem form made up of 5 tercets and 1 quatrain.  The first and third line of the first tercet alternate as the last lines of the rest of the tercets, then are used as a rhymed couplet in the final quatrain.  The rhyme scheme is:

A1
b
A2

a
b
A1

a
b
A2

a
b
A1

a
b
A2

a
b
A1
A2

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