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  [villanelle/fantasy]  

Whilst wand'ring through the woods one sunny day,  
I came upon a sprite so wondrous faire  
she danced ~ then, whirled and stole my heart away.  

Oh, how the air became so light and gay ...  
each sunbeam glinting through her golden hair,  
whilst wand'ring through the woods one sunny day.  

'Twas once her hand brushed mine in gleeful play,  
with tenderness and loving, gentle care ...  
she danced ~ then, whirled and stole my heart away.  

That instant...yes, my world began to sway;  
I fell in-love with her right then and there,  
whilst wand'ring through the woods one sunny day.  

The atmosphere turned sweet with rose bouquet;  
as symphonies of birdsong filled the air ~  
she danced ~ then, whirled and stole my heart away.  

Again a youth, my hair no longer grey ...  
'tis truth I speak to you, I do declare:  
Whilst wand'ring through the woods one sunny day,  
she danced ~ then, whirled and stole my heart away.
 


"VILLANELLE"  

The Villanelle is Italian (later French), feminine of villanello 喪ural', diminutive of villano 叢easant'. A form of Italian part-song originating in Naples in the 16th century, in rustic style with a vigorous rhythm.  
Each line ends in a rhyme, either A1" 殿 "A2" or 澱 with "A1" and "A2" rhymes repeated as refrains; each line is of the same syllable count, and that count is of the writer's choosing I chose 10 syllables (5 poetic feet) in iambic pentameter, for a nice flow and even tempo; the lines are composed in five Tercets (3 line verses) and a concluding Quatrain (4 line verse), giving the Villanelle 19 total lines.  

Thus, the end line rhymes and Refrain repetitions are as follows:  
Verse 1: A1 b A2
  
Verse 2: a b A1  
Verse 3: a b A2  
Verse 4: a b A1
  
Verse 5: a b A2  

Quatrain: a b A1 A2  

One of the most noted examples of the Villanelle form is Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, 泥o not go gentle into that good night.  
Try this form, have fun and enjoy the challenge the beauty in the end is well worth the effort, and you'll be a better, more accomplished poet.
 

Please, feel free to critique my work and/or offer anything you feel will help improve it! : )
RichardJ
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