Thursday, 28 July 2016

L-I-F-E, Blues Skies Punctuated by Patches of Cloud

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A small child more years ago than I care to remember, I well recall looking up one wintry day and seeing a splendid patch of blue among darkening clouds; that image has stayed with me ever since. (I am 70 now)

No matter how ominous, threatening or just faintly disturbing any clouds in my life, my inner eye has never (quite) lost sight of that patch of blue, as good a metaphor for love, peace, hope and happiness as any, surely, however elusive they may seem sometimes...

This poem is a villanelle.

L-I-F-E, BLUE SKIES PUNCTUATED BY PATCHES OF CLOUD

Making a (far) kinder world with you,
a bright smile for everyone,
though clouds among patches of blue   

Whether exploring points of view,
enjoying life, just having fun...
making a (far) kinder world with you

No matter a storm passing through,
find our love, its gamut run,
though clouds among patches of blue

Like a brave new dream come true,
(harvest of the sun)
making a (far) kinder world with you

Dark death, its worst can never do,
love's victory already won,
though clouds among patches of blue

Among ghosts, such friends we knew
ere theirs and our day done;
making a (far) kinder world with you,
though clouds among patches of blue

Copyright R. N. Taber 2002; 2016



[Note: Revised (2016) from the original version that first appeared in an anthology, A Poetic Formula, Poetry Today (Forward Press), 2001 and subsequently in 1st eds. of First Person Plural, by R. N. Taber, Assembly Books, 2002; revised ed. in e-format in preparation.]

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