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dVerse — Christmas Mourn

Watercolor Painting - Children Playing In The Snow  by Catherine Bradbury

Bells, loud echoes of the day
Hearts stood still and teeth did knash
Gone now, never gone away

Ripple in from yesterday
Rest you now, returned to ash
Bells, loud echoes of the day

Children in the snow, at play
Miss one, now in frozen grass
Gone now, never gone away

Cap and mittens still displayed
Pictures, toys rest in a cache
Bells, loud echoes of the day

Christmas morn now filled with grey
Running footsteps never pass
Gone now, never gone away

Under tree wait gifts today
Glittered paper, mem’ries flash
Bells, loud echoes of the day
Gone now, never gone away

 

Merril is today’s host of dVerse.  Merril says:
[F]or today’s Poetics challenge, I’d like you to write something about echoes. You can write actual echo poetry—where you repeat the end word or syllable or echo sounds.
OR—you can write a poem about some sort of actual echoes.
OR –you write about the myth of Echo.
OR—you can combine any or all of these.

Today’s offering is a villanelle form poem.
image:  “Children Playing in the Snow” by Catherine Bradbury

38 thoughts on “dVerse — Christmas Mourn

  1. You whip this villanelle into pragmatic shape, with refrains tolling poetic echoes; very impressive. Lots of artful variety out here on the trail; hooray.

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  2. So many echoes of Christmas past in your poem, Jade, including friends who are gone but still in our minds and hearts. We don’t often hear bells or children playing outside these days, although we do still get carol singers. The Villanelle rhyme scheme and refrain work well.

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