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When Being Becomes

By the depths it plumbs

By C. Rommial ButlerPublished 4 months ago β€’ Updated 4 months ago β€’ 1 min read
The open hand cannot abash where it supports...

When being becomes

The river undeterred

By the depths it plumbs...


Do you hear the drums

And the unspoken word

When being becomes?


Scattered breadcrumbs

Feed a little bird

By the depths it plumbs.


It's dawn in the slums

And our life is absurd

When being becomes!


Even the bums

Know that hope is lured

By the depths it plumbs.


Hear the thundering drums

And the unspoken word

When being becomes

By the depths it plumbs!

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Commentary: This villanelle references what has become my favorite poem: Emily Dickinson's Hope is the Thing with Feathers. I found this poem when I was in a dark place and slightly rearranged it into an a cappella piece, which has become a mantra of sorts for me. You can listen to it for free here:

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C. Rommial Butler

C. Rommial Butler is a writer, musician and philosopher from Indianapolis, IN. His works can be found online through multiple streaming services and booksellers.

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  • Test3 months ago

    Beautiful and poignant!

  • Daphsam4 months ago

    A wonderful poem.

  • Omgggg, that cover pic! It's soooo adorable! Is that real or AI-Generated? I loved both your Villanelle and acapella! Your voice is so strong!

  • Samrah nadeem4 months ago

    Well written keep it up

  • Denise E Lindquist4 months ago

    Nice! Thank you πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•πŸ’–

  • KJ Aartila4 months ago

    this is just so gorgeous!

  • Gerard DiLeo4 months ago

    Very nice. Thanks.

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