Wednesday, September 27, 2006

A VILLANELLE

After sending a raven

Sea foam is full of the filth of the world
Life-giving water is poisoned by salt
From this all things known as life have been hurled

Now the dreams of countless dreamers have swirled
Together within the watery vault
Sea foam is full of the filth of the world

Though each dream might be embroidered or pearled
In each one was found a terrible fault
From this all things known as life have been hurled

And as each dream its own banner unfurled
It did above others itself exalt
Sea foam is full of the filth of the world

So dreams exalted themselves in the world
Prompting the sea to begin its assault
From this all things known as life have been hurled

Now the countless dreams and dreamers have swirled
Together within the watery vault
Sea foam is full of the filth of the world
From this all things known as life have been hurled

I wrote this in a couple of days. No fooling. Mainly on the 22nd and the 26th. The beauty of the form, just as a form, is that the repetition makes it easier to develop patterns for the language. It's a good thing, too, because not a whole lot of words rhyme with "world" or "salt". I think I covered all the most likely candidates.

As to the theme, well, that's self-explantory. Even without any biblical literacy the motiff of the flood or the sea as agent of destruction is simple enough. After my little alphabet poem the villanelle is positively easy.

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