29 Oct 2016

Painter as Poet (a poem in villanelle form)


I feel as if a thousand poems are waiting to be said
Why have I waited all these years to try my hand at rhyme?
Using sentences as colours for the words inside my head  

Teasing syllables and sounds out from all the things I've read
To paint the kind of image that depicts things from my time
I feel as if a thousand poems are waiting to be said     

Of happy thoughts, or sad ones where my soul was filled with dread,
Selecting adjectives and mixing, with no canvases to prime,  
Using sentences as colours for the words inside my head  

To create a kind of tapestry with words instead of thread
Coloured crimson, pink and purple, cerulean blue and lime
I feel as if a thousand poems are waiting to be said     

Shall I start just anywhere? Things living or things dead?
Original or act a part? To mimic or to mime?
Using sentences as colours for the words inside my head   

A poet uses language for rich tints and hues instead 
- no need for paint where words are art, to forget this is a crime 
I feel as if a thousand poems are waiting to be said     
Using sentences as colours for the words inside my head  




POETS NOTE: The villanelle is a poetic form consisting of five stanzas of three lines each (tercets) followed by a single stanza of four lines (a quatrain) for a total of nineteen lines which follow a strict pattern of rhyme and refrain. The first line of the first stanza serves as the last line of the second and fourth stanzas, and the third line of the sixth stanza. The third line of the first stanza serves as the last line of the third, fifth and sixth stanzas. It is an example of fixed-verse form



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