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Villanelle

By Mel Trent

Villanelle

close your eyes, open your ears
listen to the voice of the night
open your mind to what no one else hears

though the darkness is deep, forget your fears
a luminous mind has ample light
close your eyes, open your ears

though all reason disappears
keep your heart from flight
open your mind to what no one else hears

trapped in silence for so many years
but no longer afraid of your plight
close your eyes, open your ears.

follow the road where it veers
trust instinct and don't fight
open your mind to what no one else hears

ignore the jeers and the cheers
all criticism's nothing but blight
close your eyes, open your ears
open your mind to what no one else hears

Article © Mel Trent. All rights reserved.
Published on 2011-03-21
1 Reader Comments
Ministry Fox
03/22/2011
03:39:26 PM
Clever -- I like what you've done with the final couplet; the way it pops its head up in various parts of the poem but is only fully revealed at the end of it.
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