I wait for you and while away the days – A Villanelle

 

I wait for you, and while away the days

I shake my coat and reset time again

I sense your irritation at my gaze

 

We lost each other in that strange malaise

I feel your absence like an open chain

I wait for you, and while away the days

 

So many sad excuses and delays

There you stood unravelling your lament

I sense your irritation at my gaze

 

Tonight’s dark presence obscures your distaste

I look up to see motes of dust ascend

I wait for you, and while away the days

 

Midway on our journey I found a trace

White noise obliterates your discontent

I sense your irritation at my gaze

 

My cold skin is blemished with hope and praise

Today I will be melting in the rain

I wait for you, and while away the days

I sense your irritation at my gaze

 

 

Catherine Russ

 

 

 

 

 

 

Villanelle

A Villanelle is a verse form of French origin consisting of 19 lines arranged in five tercets and a quatrain. The first and third lines of the first tercet recur alternately at the end of each subsequent tercet and both together at the end of the quatrain.

Within the rigid structure of the Villanelle is a sense of the ancient and a wisdom as if these words might have existed in the far reaches of our time and the poet has called upon words – an incantation with repetition that keeps you in the moment.

Here are some ideas if you want to tackle a Villanelle.

 

 

 

 

And some Villanelle.

I enjoyed listening to M. Mark discussion on Elizabeth Bishop and the ‘typography of silence’ before she reads ‘One Art.