Musicman (Villanelle)

Musicman  (Villanelle)

his linen song in half-light cast her
swallowed by the burn and sway
in cashmere waves on alabaster

unbound in time that’s turning faster
midnight climbs upon the day
his linen song in half-light cast her

their shadows dance on lath and plaster
straddled bare and mirrored grey
two cashmere waves on alabaster

a blinding flight that pulling past her
strumming fingers circle play
his linen song in half-light cast her

collapsing images may capture
scale the walls in rhythm they
turn cashmere waves on alabaster

as beauty’s spun in Black and rapture
silhouettes beneath the fray
his linen song in half-light cast her
in cashmere waves on alabaster

© image and words christi moon 2013

The form—

The essence of the fixed modern form is its distinctive pattern of rhyme and repetition. The rhyme-and-refrain pattern of the villanelle can be clearly defined as—

A1 b A2 / a b A1 / a b A2 / a b A1 / a b A2 / a b A1 A2.
Though the form doesn’t dictate meter… I have written this one with the A and A1/A2 refrain lines in Iambic Tetrameter +1 and the B lines in Trochaic Tetrameter -1

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10 Responses to Musicman (Villanelle)

  1. brian miller says:

    cashmere waves on alabaster….and linen song….very cool textures in this one ma’am…and nicely done to the form…have yet to tackle that one…

  2. I second the motion. Brilliant.

  3. You’ve made me love the villanelle.

  4. ayala says:

    Beautiful, Christi.

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