Part of my sequence, 90 poems long, of Letters to Elena. Written May 2015.




21st Letter

Springtime singer, friend of butterflies,
farewelling snows that wither and frosts that sting,
you live, you love, you praise, and you surprise.

Who would have known, who'd have dared to surmise,
the grace you'd give to every living thing,
springtime singer, friend of butterflies?

As riotous blossoms that delight our eyes,
as the proud bounty of long-hoped-for spring,
you live, you love, you praise, and you surprise!

In these bright days when chilly prudence dies,
you teach deaf ears the art of listening,
springtime singer, friend of butterflies!

Obliterating fear and slaying lies
with joy that overwhelms our reasoning,
you live, you love, you praise, and you surprise!

Graybearded sonneteers cannot disguise
elation as the lyric lark takes wing:
springtime singer, friend of butterflies,
you live, you love, you praise, and you surprise.





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Written on 2020-01-21 at 09:07

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Coo & Co The PoetBay support member heart!
Ooh yes, a villanelle. Members of Coo & Co are fond of the form and feel this is another excellent example from thee, Friend Tommo. We like the rhymes you have chosen, the sprightly rhythm of the piece, and perhaps particularly the 'lyric lark' in the final verse. Coo does a little dance on her perch, to show her appreciation :>)
2020-01-21


Yayāti
The A1 and A2 refrain lines are fantastic. You're quite good at villanelles. I mean I like your other closed-forms too, but I like villanelles more.
2020-01-21


liz munro The PoetBay support member heart!
I like the repetition in this

A delicious read
2020-01-21