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A Villanelle

A chapter in the book Tales Of Darkness And Light

Come Mourning Night

by The Death

"Come Mourning Night"

Come mourning night, no star will grace the sky,

and moon will drape himself in cloak of black.

Devoid of light, my dreams are bound to die.

The requiem of darkness makes me sigh –

my life’s like smoke, where hopes begin to slack.

Come mourning star will grace the sky.


In sorrow, thoughts turn vague, and tend to fly

away with shadows sly...thus fall on track

devoid of light – my dreams are bound to die.


The time is still, its sound appears to lie

in wait – this sudden silence hard to hack.

Come mourning night, no star will grace the sky.


My soul is lost somewhere, I can't deny –

the will to search its spark is what I lack.

Devoid of dreams are bound to die.


With nothing left, I cease – the end draws nigh;

null eyes now sleep, too scared of looking back.

Come mourning night, no star will grace the sky.

Devoid of light, my dreams are bound to die.

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The Villanelle is a 19-line fixed form poem with repeating lines, composed in five tercets with a closing quatrain that ends in a rhyming couplet. The villanelle is categorized as a modern classic form. It enjoyed a resurgence in the 20th century thanks to Oscar Wilde, Edwin Arlington Robinson, W.H. Auden, Sylvia Plath, Elizabeth Bishop, Theodore Roethke, Seamus Heaney, and others.

The rhyme scheme is: A1bA2; abA1; abA2; abA1; abA2; abA1A2, where A1 is the first line of the first stanza and A2 is the third line of the first stanza.
Structure: 19 lines - five tercets and a closing quatrain; 6 to 11 syllables per line
Measure/Beat: Iambic trimeter, tetrameter, or pentameter
Common Themes: Love, loss, and challenge

RE-kvi-EM: 3 syllables
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