30 Days Hath September 2016 | Day 27 | September Villanelle by Elizabeth Cunningham

September 27, 2016

BEI 30 Days Proposed Graphic

September Villanelle 

blue morning glories and cloudless blue sky
on spiraling wind, flocks take wing, leaves fall
the first breath of autumn, summer’s last sigh

in dreams I’m searching for rhymes low and high
a nightmare! my screen hits a fatal stall
still, blue morning glories, cloudless blue sky

ripe tomatoes spill seeds, milkweed seeds fly
so much abundance till hard frost takes all
the first breath of autumn, summer’s last sigh

from spring to beyond plants bloom, bear and die
I love each in passing, death casts no pall
blue morning glories and cloudless blue sky

who is not stirred by wild geese in full cry
or the raven’s raucous, comical call
the first breath of autumn, summer’s last sigh

so many poignant ways to say goodbye
one day I’ll pass through the gap in the wall
blue morning glories and cloudless blue sky
the first breath of autumn, summer’s last sigh

 

Elizabeth Cunningham is best known for The Maeve Chronicles, a series of award-winning novels featuring a feisty Celtic Magdalen. So Ecstasy Can Find you is her most recent collection of poems. Murder at the Rummage Sale, her debut mystery novel, has just been published. She is a fellow emeritus of Black Earth Institute.

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