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The Session (a villanelle)

 

During this month of writing poems I thought I’d try and learn a bit more about poetry as well and in doing so I came across the villanelle.  This is a fixed form with a set rhyme pattern and repeated lines.  The most famous villanelle is “do not go gentle into that good night” by Dylan Thomas.  Another fine example is They Might Be Giants‘ song “don’t hate the villain, hate the villanelle“! 

This poem is about the folk music sessions which I go to in local pubs.

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The gathered few share tales and songs
As drinks are poured and memories raised,
And all join in, and all belong.

The tunes fly past the nearby throng,
Some are left cold, others amazed.
The gathered few share tales and songs.

There is no right, there is no wrong,
Songs are enjoyed and not appraised,
And all join in, and all belong.

Some know their craft, their voices – strong
With rounded tone – are neatly phrased.
The gathered few share tales and songs.

Some, though unconfident or young,
Still play their part, receive their praise,
And all join in, and all belong.

And when all voices sing along,
The rafters of the roof are raised!
The gathered few share tales and songs,
And all join in, and all belong.

© Rich Clarkson, 2016

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