An English April Villanelle

ST ALBANS, April 3 – I’ll be brief. You have better things to do. A villanelle is a nineteen line poem, often on a pastoral theme. That said, I’ve deviated slightly in the repetitions here. Dylan Thomas’ ‘Do no go gentle into that good night’ is a villanelle.

The hawthorn is traditionally known as the May bush. But with the seasons advancing as they are, it sometimes blooms earlier. That said, that said, the white to be seen in hedgerows at this point in April is more likely to be blackthorn. Still, there’s no harm in looking forward to a little hawthorn blossom . The verse is below the blossom…

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An English April Villanelle

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We walk beneath our hawthorn tree

Its blossom of a pinkish white

We blink and find that we are free

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It feels so right, it feels so right

To feel this touch of spring sunlight

We sit beneath our hawthorn tree

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There is a beauty in this sight:

A song thrush lands upon our knee

We smile and think that we are free

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O, hark you! hark you! sing to me

Of what it is to truly be

We rest beneath this hawthorn tree

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It feels so right, it feels so right

To feel this touch of spring sunlight

We sigh and feel that we are free

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There is a beauty in this sight

This blossom of a pinkish white

We dream beneath our hawthorn tree

To  fly on wings of verse made free

by R J Askew

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