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I'm tired, so I'm going to keep this brief - an original villanelle for Poetry Friday

This month, my poetry sisters and I wrote original villanelles. The most famous villanelle is, of course, "Do Not Go Gentle, Into That Good Night" by Dylan Thomas, though I quite like Elizabeth Bishop's "One Art" ("The art of losing is not hard to master;/so many things seem filled with the intent/to be lost that their loss is no disaster.") and "Some Rules" by Wendy Cope ("Stop, if the car is going 'clunk'/Don't answer e-mails when you're drunk.")

Here's an old post of mine that explains the history and requirements of the form.

The additional requirement for our assignment was that it was to have something to do with brevity, so without further ado, here's my villanelle:

Self-Care
by Kelly Ramsdell Fineman

I'm tired, so I'm going to keep this brief:
No one can plug all holes, put out all fires.
These days demand self-care to beat back grief.

Trombones play a disturbing leitmotif,
the falcon whirls in ever-widening gyres.
I'm tired, so I am going to keep this brief.

We protest, as if that will bring relief.
We spend our time on phone calls, posters, flyers. . .
These days demand self-care to beat back grief.

We pray "dear God, forgive our disbelief."
We pray that Trump's impeached, or he retires.
I'm tired, so I am going to keep this brief.

We crash like sailboats blown onto a reef.
Safe harbors are what everyone desires
these days. Demand self-care to beat back grief.

We gather wood and stack it, sheaf by sheaf,
while hoping we're not building our own pyres.
I'm tired, so I have got to keep this brief.
These days demand self-care to beat back grief.


Here are the rest of the posts:

Laura Purdie Salas
Liz Garton Scanlon
Tanita Davis
Sara Lewis Holmes
Tricia Stohr-Hunt

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