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A Festive Villanelle

Happy Holidays

By Natasja RosePublished 2 months ago 1 min read
A Festive Villanelle
Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

One eve in December

The land bedecked with snow

We close our eyes and remember,


In the hearth, a dying ember

Continues, dimly, to glow,

For every absent member


School starts again in September

In October, spirits aglow

Distracted by words in November,


Stars in our eyes, we remember

Times and people from Christmases ago

Memories, more precious than amber


Snow starts to fall in November

Next month we a-caroling go

'Tis the Season of Joy in December


Love lights our hearts like an ember

Fond memories brighten its glow

Hand clasping hand we remember

Sorrow and Joy all at once in December

By Chad Madden on Unsplash

This poem is dedicated to my twin, Sally, who died on December 26, 2005

May she live forever in our hearts

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About the Creator

Natasja Rose

I've been writing since I learned how, but those have been lost and will never see daylight (I hope).

I'm an Indie Author, with 30+ books published.

I live in Sydney, Australia

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  • Randy Wayne Jellison-Knock2 months ago

    This is a beautiful poem. Unfortunately, I don't believe it will qualify for the challenge inasmuch as I'm pretty sure they are expecting villanelles as they are currently defined. While your rhyming fits the scheme, your first line ("One eve in December") should also be your 6th, 12th & 18th lines; & your third line ("We close our eyes and remember,") should be repeated precisely for your 9th, 15th & 19th lines. Even so, it's a lovely poem.

  • Daphsam2 months ago

    This is beautiful.

  • Novel Allen2 months ago

    All the poems villanelle seems different. This was haunting and lovely. Nostalgic even. You made it a festive memory. Wonderful.

  • k eleanor2 months ago

    it's a raw and beautiful expression of love and the enduring presence of those we hold dear. Beautiful tribute!❤

  • Joe Patterson2 months ago

    A wonderful tribute to Sally.

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