Forgive the Busy Bees, By Donna Matthews

Forgive the Busy Bees

beloved, seek out the wild things
daring to slip toes in a raging sea
and shake off lying fears so oft to cling

the honeycomb rife with bee stings
daring you to forgive the busy bees
beloved, seek out the wild things

anxiety cuts with razor-sharp wings
snapping the thought, dare to be free
and shake off lying fears so oft to cling

listen closely — hear the cicada sing
daring you to witness the evening flee
beloved, seek out the wild things

you will fail and fall, knees bleeding
gather your lessons, my lovely esprit
and shake off lying fears so oft to cling

find your path and keep exploring
dare to climb that solitary tree
beloved, seek out the wild things
and shake off lying fears so oft to cling


Today’s poetry form is called Villanelle Poetry. From Brewer,

The villanelle consists of five tercets and a quatrain with line lengths of 8-10 syllables. The first and third lines of the first stanza become refrains that repeat throughout the poem. It looks like this:

The rhyme pattern looks like this:

A(1)
b
A(2)

a
b
A(1)

a
b
A(2)

a
b
A(1)

a
b
A(2)

a
b
A(1)
A(2)

I’m not gonna lie…I almost gave up…the Villanelle has lots of rhyme! But perseverance paid off and here we are…with the busy bees!


Now to you…wanna try a Villanelle poem? Share a link in the comments below!

I am on a personal challenge to explore and write in 100+ different poetic forms.  To assist me in this journey is Robert Lee Brewer’s The Complete Guide of Poetic Forms where he gives the form and an example. Forgive the Busy Bees is #45 in this collection I’m calling, very simply, 100+ Poetic Forms.

Hey y’all, thanks for visiting the Go Dog Go Cafe and I hope you enjoyed reading today’s selection. I am Donna Matthews, a born and bred Texan who can usually be found writing at the DJ Ranch, doodling, taking pictures, and traveling the world on foot. I’m all about love, people, sharing, and exploring life together and would love to get to know you. Come on over for a visit sometime 💙

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