the last lullabye

Pay no heed to the siren lies of darkness and the cold;

There are crops yet to be planted, children yet to be fed

(In time we’ll walk for evermore in fields of green and gold).

 

There’ll always be another time to return to the fold;

Have we, then, wasted all our tears and all for which we’ve bled?

Pay no heed to the siren lies of darkness and the cold.

 

The sepulcher is for the aged, withered, and the old,

So let the shadows fall upon one of them in your stead.

(In time we’ll walk for evermore in fields of green and gold).

 

You would walk upon steps trod by naught but decay and mold;

When have they held the sunshine? To what places have they led?

Pay no heed to the siren lies of darkness and the cold.

 

Don’t counsel me to seek some comfort or to be consoled,

To be content with the scant time we’ve lived and loved and wed.

(In time we’ll walk for evermore in fields of green and gold).

 

The light of dawn is on the way; give me your hand to hold

And I will wipe your fevered brow and gently hold your head

Pay no heed to the siren lies of darkness and the cold;

(In time we’ll walk for evermore in fields of green and gold).

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One thought on “the last lullabye

  1. really good use of the form here – you went for a 7 beat meter and sticked to it. also good choice of rhyming words – very nice. the meter choice is free in villanelles – i personally think 7 beats are quite long but that’s just personal taste – on the other hand, you have managed to bring a lot of content into this because of the 7 beat meter. really well done

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