When all the world is calm

For the Secret Keepers’s word prompt using the words

SCORE | SLEEP | FREE | CALM | ESCAPE

I wrote this villanelle, which also fits the NaPoWriMo theme of nocturne rather well.

Orion_constellation

When all the world is calm and still in sleep,

No ropes bind my dream-skimming craft to quay,

No clipped wings mine, that earthbound have me creep.

 

The daytime cares I cannot o’erleap,

Dissolve like wind blows blossom from the tree,

When all the world is calm and still in sleep.

 

The star-dark sky above, around so deep,

Invites me to take wing and soar bird-free,

No clipped wings mine, that earthbound have me creep.

 

I count the stars, your face’s outline keep,

Your smile, for me, that no one else can see,

When all the world is calm and still in sleep.

 

Though you are far, across the ocean deep,

I’ll fly to you, wherever you may be,

No clipped wings mine, that earthbound have me creep.

 

When morning comes, so empty, I may weep,

For all the dreams that with the daylight flee,

But all the world is calm and still in sleep,

And with broad wings, I’ll never earthbound creep.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

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