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No army of beasts or men now darkens this way–
this solitary timeline of an arcane place–
no footsteps follow, no watcher casts an eye

What nourishes this soil, this evaporated sea,
this tangle of intricate light and grace?
No army of beasts or men now darkens this way

Bones resting shallow like lines on the palm of memory–
ghostly wanderers, shaded in lace–
no footsteps follow, no watcher casts an eye

What lasts but flowers pressed between a sigh?
just out of reach, these names without a face–
No army of beasts or men now darkens this way

Return these paths to elements that signify–
erase the human presence, leave no trace–
no footsteps to follow, no watcher to cast an eye

These sagas without end, without anything to say,
these battles over nothing that debase–
let no army of beasts or men darken this way–
let no footsteps follow, no watcher cast an eye

A villanelle for Sue Vincent’s photo prompt, above.  Villanelle is the featured form at dVerse for the month of April.  As far as I could tell, I’ve only done one previously, for a hawk I saw out my window.

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We’re about to begin NaPoWriMo–I managed every day last year, and hope to do it again.  I’m sure we will find a few villanelles merged into the daily prompts that you can find here at the NaPoWriMo website.  Submit your site, and then your daily poems in the comments section.

 

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35 responses to “Archives”

  1. Jane Dougherty says :

    I do like the way this evolves and finally bursts into the photograph that explains it all.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Violet Lentz says :

    This is amazing! To work that difficult form into such a telling verse! What an excellent write!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Evelyn says :

    A beautiful array of greens – lovely art work…

    Liked by 1 person

  4. robertawrites235681907 says :

    An excellent poem, Kerfe.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) says :

    If we could just see the beauty for what it is maybe we could put a stop to the wars.

    Liked by 2 people

  6. Sue Vincent says :

    Superb, Kerfe! ‘flowers pressed between a sigh…’ Speechless…

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says :

    Incredibly atmospheric and evocative, and oh, such beautiful phrases! I love most, ‘this tangle of intricate light and grace’.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Jodi says :

    oh Kerfe – what beautiful greens and words!

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  9. msjadeli says :

    I like your villanelle, especially this stanza:
    “Return these paths to elements that signify–
    erase the human presence, leave no trace–
    no footsteps to follow, no watcher to cast an eye”

    Liked by 1 person

  10. merrildsmith says :

    This is lovely, and it flows so well. It feels like a mythical tale.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. sarahsouthwest says :

    The subtle changes in the repeating lines are beautifully done. I love the piece, for me it gave the idea of the forest as somewhere sacred, to be respected and protected. I like the formality of the villanelle as a frame for something about wilderness.

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    • memadtwo says :

      Thanks Sarah. The formality is a good framework to express many things I think. It makes a focus, which is something I always need, being a scattered sort of person.

      Like

  12. Michele Jones says :

    I loved the poem.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Hélène - Willow Poetry says :

    This is an amazing form! You wrote an excellent Villanelle.

    Like

  14. kim881 says :

    You’ve distilled the atmosphere of the arcane place into your villanelle, Kerfe, and I am completely taken with the lines:
    ‘Bones resting shallow like lines on the palm of memory–
    ghostly wanderers, shaded in lace’
    and
    ‘What lasts but flowers pressed between a sigh?
    just out of reach, these names without a face’.

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