leaving it all

leaving it all

note to self

Here is a villanelle, a French form established in the sixteenth century
that uses meter, rhyme, and a specific pattern of repeated lines.
This, my first attempt ever, is written in pentameter.

sometimes I long to simply take high flight
to leave this crooked world behind, alone
and reach in deep for purest, clearest light

it’s madness here—the mean and righteous fight
they grab and push and nab the richest bone
sometimes I long to simply take high flight

and flee this place at dawn or plushest night
seek peace elsewhere, a place that is unknown
and reach in deep for purest, clearest light

to watch all suffering souls, their dreadful plight
it hurts my heart and makes me feel like stone
sometimes I long to simply take high flight

to soar, and bank, to find the broadest sight
and then unearth the place that’s my true home
and reach in deep for purest, clearest light

how will I find the strength for loft and height
so courage, love, and beauty may atone?
sometimes I long to simply take high flight
and reach in deep for purest, clearest light

2022 ©Amrita Skye Blaine
I’m writing a poem a day. These are drafts—they may never turn into anything more or they might flower.

5 thoughts on “leaving it all

  1. TL Hunter-Reginelli

    Interesting. It reminds me of the pantoum.Which I’m reminded I enjoy writing. So many ways to write…so little time.

  2. Rabia

    Wow, this is spectacular! You succeeded the “assignment”, and made a beautiful image & emotion filled poem! I love it!

    1. Thanks, Rabia! I’ve been taking a class every two weeks with Jeanne Rana, Kiran’s wife, from the Sufi Way. She’s introduced us to form, which I think has been good for me.

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