NOCTURNE (A Villanelle)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I cannot find you in the summer’s leaves,
Or hear your music in the moontime’s song,
The shadow shapes become the faceless breeze.

Across a cubist’s landscape of elm trees,
On midnight’s wave, I hear the steeple’s gong,
I cannot find you in the summer’s leaves.

When emerald stars through satin dreams, increase
Their spell and thus my fantasy prolong,
The shadow shapes become the faceless breeze.

Of velvet indigos, the night then weaves
Its magic carpet  which bears me along,
I cannot find you in the summer’s leaves.

In caravels I sail Aegean Seas
And touch the columns that I dance among,
The shadow shapes become the faceless breeze.

At last within my grasp   No, it deceives
Me, and I reach to find the vision gone.
I cannot see you in the summer’s leaves,
The shadow shapes become the faceless breeze.

© Gay Reiser Cannon All Rights Reserved

 

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18 thoughts on “NOCTURNE (A Villanelle)

  1. I like the unusual but expressive images, full of movement, and the way you’ve worked in the cool blues and greens to suggest the sea, and the refrain line about the faceless breeze would work in any poem–doubly effective here as it’s repeated. Nice one, Gay.

  2. So artful and written beautifully. For me, the line “The shadow shapes become the faceless breeze.” Yep, that one does it for me—seems like the effect becomes stronger each time it occurs. Really like this one, especially the journey aspect you draw out wonderfully.

  3. Such an atmospheric piece this Gay, full of rich imagery, particularly love these two lines.

    Across a cubist’s landscape of elm trees

    In caravels I sail Aegean Seas

    Beautiful write.

  4. “At last within my grasp No, it deceives
    Me, and I reach to find the vision gone.
    I cannot see you in the summer’s leaves,
    The shadow shapes become the faceless breeze.”

    Stunning!

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  6. This is fabulous! I’ve been enjoying experimenting with the villanelle. Loved doing the ghazal as well. Haven’t finished the sestina yet, but I’ll bet you can rock that form with no problem.

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