Throwback Friday, A Single Weeping Tree (a Villanelle), by Ivor Steven

This Villanelle is from July 2018, was adapted from my 2011 poem “This Lost Shadow”, which I reposted on my site during the week >> https://ivors20.wordpress.com/2022/07/13/this-lost-shadow-a-10-year-celebration/


A Single Weeping Tree (A Villanelle)

I’m singing this song about a single weeping tree

Why am I so sleepy, am I ageing too quickly

I’m writing a book for a heart and soul gone cold


I’m so physically worn and mentally at sea

Why am I so anxious and lonely

I’m singing this song about a single weeping tree


I’m writing this song about my return to the fold

Why am I so sore, have I lost my plea

I’m writing a book for a heart and soul gone cold


I’m a furnace log, burning up with glee

I’m a sinking ship, all about to flee

I’m singing this song about a single weeping tree


I’m an overburdened camel, not to be told

I’m an empty desert, a void, far as the eye can see

I’m writing a book for a heart and soul gone cold


I’m a broken branch, withering and dying, oh so slowly

I’m this lost shadow, wandering this barren land furtively

I’m singing this song about a single weeping tree

I’m writing a book for a heart and soul gone cold






Ivor Steven (c) July 2018

G’day, and welcome to my blog site. My name is Ivor Steven, I live in Geelong, Australia. I’m an ex-industrial chemist, and a retired plumber, and a former Carer of my wife(Carole), for 30 years, who suffered from severe MS. I Write poetry about those personal thoughts, throughout and beyond my life as a Carer. I’ve been blogging for over 4 years, and writing poems for 20 years. Of course a lot of my poems are about my favourite subject Carole, but since I’ve been blogging my writings have become quite varied, humourous, mystical, observational, and even a few monster/horror poems. View all posts by ivor20 

30 thoughts on “Throwback Friday, A Single Weeping Tree (a Villanelle), by Ivor Steven

  1. I have to confess (with no disrespect meant) that I just don’t get the formalities of specific poetic forms. What’s the point? Should not the message be all that matters? Why constrain the message with strict rules?
    And don’t get me going on the concept of Japanese forms in English. The idea strikes me as utterly preposterous. We in the west have a nasty habit of taking ideas from another culture and then mangling them.
    Rant over.

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