Can you hear voices?

A villanelle I wrote a while ago, reworked because it’s too late to start on a new one. Maybe tomorrow. For dverse.

Can you hear?

Can you hear voices in the wind tonight?
Listen to the scratching at the window—
In velvet darkness all the stars shine bright.

Beneath the roses in the pale moonlight,
Someone is singing love songs sweet and low.
Can you hear voices in the wind tonight?

The touch of night breeze shivers pure delight,
With moon-silver is brushed the field below,
In velvet darkness all the stars shine bright.

You stop your ears and screw your eyes closed tight,
and bolt the door against an unseen foe.
Can you hear voices in the wind tonight?

You never saw the owl, her silent flight,
Or heard the fairy music ripple slow,
Though in the velvet darkness stars shine bright.

I take your hand and sooth away your fright,
I show you secret paths where wild folk go,
We both hear voices in the wind tonight,
Share velvet darkness bathed in starshine bright.

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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.

35 thoughts on “Can you hear voices?”

  1. That has a beautiful rhythem, that almost haunts, is romantic too. Goodness knows how one does that, I mean put in this Villanelle form, with the rhyme, so well done.

  2. Owls and secret paths–lovely and tender lines.
    But what’s really weird (or not), is that I started one yesterday that I didn’t finish that began with rain tapping on the window. 😀

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