Villanelle Poetry – Country Drive

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Villanelle Poetry – Country Drive

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Country Drive

While enjoying a drive in the country air
a very fast car past us and went ahead
his passion for fast cars gave us a scare

while taking the corner too fast, I swear
he braked, car rolled, ended up brain dead
while enjoying a drive in the country air

His car was built for comfort, beware
he needed to learn how to drive, I said
his passion for fast cars gave us a scare

fast driving is not important, take care
all his dreams ended on his death-bed
while enjoying a drive in the country air

that is all there is to say, except a prayer
so many tears for all his loved one to shed
his passion for fast cars give us a scare

now our memories of that drive in fresh air
always a memory living forever in our head
while enjoying a drive in the country air
his passion for fast cars gave us a scare

What is Villanelle Poetry:

The highly structured villanelle is a nineteen-line poem with two repeating rhymes and two refrains. The form is made up of five tercets followed by a quatrain.

The rhyme scheme is AbA’ abA’ abA’ abA’ abA’ abAA’, so there are only two rhymes that end all the lines.

In addition, the first line and third line, the refrains, are repeated four times each –

the first line appears at the end of stanzas 2 and 4 and as the second-to-last line in stanza 6.

The poem’s third line appears again at the end of stanzas 3, 5, and 6.

12 thoughts on “Villanelle Poetry – Country Drive

  1. and PS – I thought of you this week – when you said “he was only 81” I had to smile because age is so relative.
    .
    We recently had a lady pass away and she was 47 and someone said “only 47” and then someone else said a 20 year old passed and they said “only 20?”
    so I chimed in and told them i follow a blogger who wrote, “only 81” and everyone smiled.

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  2. 🦋 I’ve always wondered what a villanelle poem was but I always wondered why the various lines were repeated and why there’s an extra line in the final stanza.
    So, now I know but I’m not that clever to try it.
    I’ll just enjoyreading villanelle poems in future and just enjoy them. 🙂

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  3. 🦋 I’ve always wondered what a villanelle poem was but I always wondered why the various lines were repeated and why there’s an extra line in the final stanza.
    So, now I know but I’m not that clever to try it.
    I’ll just read villanelle poems in future and just enjoy them. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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