Once More

Once more, we tilt, revolve again toward light–
winter gone, the robins sing to welcome spring
as dark days pass, earth’s hues ignite

swifter than the bullets’ hate-filled flight,
blue jays and red cardinals soar bright-winged,
once more, we tilt, revolve again toward light.

Now in daffodil glow, the poets write
of love and fate, and April’s state—that sting
as dark days pass. Earth’s hues ignite,

but the moon hums to fade their sight
and around us all the constellations ring–
once more, we tilt, revolve again toward light.

With shots in arms, we find delight
in friends and bowers, and nature’s might.
As dark days pass, Earth’s hues ignite–

not in bombs, or gunshot fight, but flowers bright.
Against despair and doom, to hope we cling
once more. Now tilt, revolve again toward light.
Watch! Dark days pass, and Earth’s hues ignite.

For dVerse, where Peter asks us to write poems that circle in some way. I was determined to write a villanelle, since I haven’t written one for a long time. I used Sarah’s template when she hosted the villanelle form for dVerse.

87 thoughts on “Once More

  1. This is absolutely STUNNING, Merril 😀 I love the graceful rhythm and flow of your Villanelle and the images it brings to mind. Especially; “Now in daffodil glow, the poets write of love and fate, and April’s state—that sting as dark days pass.” We live in hope, my friend 💝💝

  2. Your words, “With shots in arms, we find delight in friends and bowers, and nature’s might.” seem so appropriate for me today, when I had my second Pfizer vaccination. I too find solace and inspiration in the daffodils and crocuses and other signs of the new season. Springtime seems the perfect time for hope and for dreams in the light, having awoken from winter’s dark night.

  3. A stunning spring villanelle and cocked sknook to Covid, Meril! I love the repeated line ‘once more, we tilt, revolve again toward light’, the circling iof the earth is inspirational, and the cosmic music in the lines:
    ‘but the moon hums to fade their sight
    and around us all the constellations ring’.

  4. A second bravo Merril – this villanelle is a peach – and beautifully illustrates the form’s recursive strength – ‘once more we tilt’ becoming stronger as it repeats – and the poem’s optimistic theme ‘as dark days pass…’ becoming almost a song sung by a choir at the end. Cheered me up – now I’ll take my dog for a walk with a smile.

  5. I enjoyed your hopeful, seasonal, topical villanelle, Merril! So full of brightness. I do enjoy this form of poetry and you carried it off beautifully.

  6. I love your reinforcement to revolve again towards light (and away from dark) as a life-affirming mantra. I also love the message of letting nature lead the way ❤

  7. Lovely poem for spring.
    A villanelle, you say! Well, whatever, I adore it.

    Shots in arms? You mean vaccines? I got my 1st shot today. I am thrilled!!!

  8. The overwhelming force of life, prying softly to its ends. Spring, such a beautiful circle, to use brightness and beauty to fight for life, we can learn from the flowers, and be grateful for the little things, the little pokes that strengthen us to be ready, and like the daffodils, to poke our heads one day back out into the air.

  9. Oh so good, Merril. Mixing the beauty of spring with the ugly of the past week. Something we didn’t read about for a whole year.
    Brilliant work, Madam!
    I keep thinking one day I will try this but don’t feel (yet) the confidence 🙂

    • Thank you so much, Dale! 💙
      I had a hard time with this villanelle. You have to come up with lines that will work at the beginning and end, and that you can find rhymes for. If you decide to try it (whenever), look at the post from Sarah and use her template. 😀

  10. If you had a hard time… No wonder I’m petrified. And I did go to see Sarah’s post and loved hers and Leonard Cohen’s.
    I dunno if I have that in me!

  11. i have been scratching my head trying to figure out about what makes a “villanelle” Bjorn pointed me this way. it has helped. poems like this are helping me to improve my own poems. thanks and love the spring theme

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