Dry winds and fallen leaves. A Villanelle #poetry

Why must a moment of sadness, be equal to a lifetime of happiness?

Unsung solemn Swan
Float this aching heart of mine
Grief on wings of hope

When winds blow dry and heavens leer
The scent of hope melds with denial
And leaves fall like hidden tears

Desperation plants a lustful souvenir
A caress of distress, a kiss of betrayal
When winds blow dry, and heavens leer

You wield seduction to loneliness’ frontier
But the stars reject you; the moon withholds love’s vial
And leaves fall like hidden tears

Don’t you see, Can’t you hear?
My silent plea; as heart puts hope on trial
When winds blow dry, and heavens leer

Lassitude grips me, and all is unclear
Joy abandons while pain stays loyal
And leaves fall like hidden tears

In love there is loss; in hope there is fear
And so I pray, for hope I cradle
When winds blow dry, and heavens leer
And leaves fall like hidden tears

Lonely and searching
Where Light heals and dark soothes
A lost Paradise

Β© judeitakali


I hope you enjoy this villanelle. It’s quite the challenging form to write, but with the help of a thunderous rainy night, I got through it.
I’m eager to hear your thoughts, on the thoughts in this poem.

This is also very relevant for these amazing prompts;

How to write a villanelle

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74 Comments Add yours

  1. Reena Saxena says:

    You did an excellent job with the villanelle.

    Leaves fall like hidden tears
    Nights bring out all my fears
    Nightmares shrugged, I sleep again
    to dream of hope and endless cheer…

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Beautiful rhyme. ❀️

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Reena Saxena says:

    Reblogged this on Reena Saxena and commented:
    Dry winds and fallen leaves …..by judeitakali

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  3. earthskyair says:

    Wow. This is a beautiful poem, really well done in terms of both structure, imagery, and feeling. Very nice. πŸ’–

    Liked by 4 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much for the appreciation. 🍁

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  4. The last stanza has my heart ❀️ this is beautiful piece of art ✨

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so very much

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  5. Lovely, I enjoyed very much. πŸ™‚

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Marje.

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      1. You’re welcome Jude. πŸ™‚

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      2. judeitakali says:

        Thank you so much Marje.

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  6. vaniheart says:

    Wonderful ❀❀

    Liked by 3 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Vani.

      Liked by 1 person

  7. -Eugenia says:

    You did a superb job with the villanelle! I can feel the emotions in your words. Thank you so much for joining in.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much for the appreciation Eugi. ❀️

      Liked by 1 person

      1. -Eugenia says:

        My pleasure, Jude!❀️

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  8. Aparna says:

    Too good 🀩🀩🀩Specially these
    In love there is loss; in hope there is fear
    And so I pray, for hope I cradle
    When winds blow dry, and heavens leer
    And leaves fall like hidden tears

    Liked by 3 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Aparna.

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  9. Jaya Avendel says:

    Each line of a villanelle must bear up to the unexpectedness of the new meanings each stanza introduces to what we thought we knew. Love this lovely piece of writing and its story!

    Liked by 3 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so very much Jaya. I’ll take this information very gratefully for the next one I do.

      Liked by 1 person

  10. Diana says:

    Absolutely wonderful!! Great attempt at the villanelle! Stay blessed, Judeβ€οΈβ€οΈπŸ™

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Diana πŸ™πŸ½β€οΈ

      Like

  11. Ingrid says:

    A lovely villanelle Jude: I do like this form 🀩

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Ingrid. I’m glad you like it.

      Liked by 1 person

  12. memadtwo says:

    I especially like the sound of this poem. Like tge waves of the sea. (K)

    Liked by 3 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much K. I’m glad you like it. 🧑🍁

      Liked by 1 person

  13. kittysverses says:

    Superb, Jude. True words these :-

    In love there is loss; in hope there is fear
    Your villanelle has inspired me to try this form, thanks. πŸ™‚

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Kitty. I’m glad to hear that. 🧑

      Like

  14. Just beautiful. I’ve written one villanelle before. they are challenging but beautiful.

    Liked by 3 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      I’m glad you like it. I’d like to read yours.

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      1. I don’t know how to find it.

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      2. judeitakali says:

        It’s okay πŸ™πŸ½

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  15. This is excellent, Jude. I’ll have to look this form up to understand its mechanics. I like the lines that repeat. Well done! ❀

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Colleen. I added a link. But it’s a rhyming form, that’s why I had to lend it some haiku for the challenge

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      1. It’s all good at the first of the month, Jude. 🌸

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      2. judeitakali says:

        ❀️

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  16. HappySoul says:

    Very well penned Jude .. I enjoyed reading it ❀️

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Ru

      Like

  17. michnavs says:

    this is so beautiful Jude…

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Michelle 🧑

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  18. Beautiful! I really enjoyed the villanelle. Your two repeating lines are great! I love falling leaves being compared to as hidden tears.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much. I’m sorry this had been misplaced in the spam. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

      Liked by 1 person

  19. KL Caley says:

    This is lovely, Jude. I love the repetition and the whole poem has a wonderful lyrical sound to it. Well done! Thank you for joining in the challenge
    https://new2writing.wordpress.com/2021/05/06/writephoto-swan/ KL ❀

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Very much my pleasure Caley🧑

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  20. mariamichaela says:

    I always love the imagery you show in your poetry, Jude.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      β€οΈπŸ˜‡πŸŒ· thank you so much Michaela.

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  21. This is truly lovely Jude.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so very much Di. It’s really good to have you reading again btw. πŸ˜ƒ

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      1. I drop in from time to time. I really liked this one.

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      2. judeitakali says:

        πŸ˜‡πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸŒ·

        Liked by 1 person

  22. Akriti Jain says:

    Beautiful πŸ’™

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Akriti.

      Like

  23. Jemima Pett says:

    That’s incredibly clever. Well done.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much.

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  24. Stunning Jude! β˜ΊοΈπŸ’•πŸŒΊ

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Christine πŸ’•πŸŒ·

      Liked by 1 person

  25. Anushka says:

    Excellent rhyme!
    ( new blogger plz read my blog)

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    1. Anushka says:

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      1. judeitakali says:

        I’ve been over. πŸ™πŸ½

        Like

    2. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much.

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  26. besondersite says:

    “Where Light heals and dark soothes”
    Love this line πŸ’«
    Such a beautiful poem, Jude!!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Prerna. Good to see you.

      Like

  27. Superb exemplar.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      thank you so much.

      Like

  28. TravelCuddly says:

    Truly beautiful…

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much.

      Like

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