The stars look very different today

Husband was having a David Bowie fest this morning when I went out. His words inspired this villanelle.

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The stars look very different today,

I can’t see how to paste them in the blue,

They fell extinguished when you walked away.

 

A million words I wrought to make you stay,

But on my tongue not one of them rang true,

The stars look very different today.

 

No dreams we dreamed still shine in light of day,

The sun, the moon and stars from hanging all askew,

They fell extinguished when you walked away.

 

Once we would watch in awe their wild array,

Let their fierce glory pierce us through and through,

The stars look very different today.

 

The future’s dead like soldiers in a fray,

Now darkness fills the void where comets flew,

They fell extinguished when you walked away.

 

Where rainbows arced, the sky is dull and grey,

Night falls, its glitter wishing can’t renew,

The stars look very different today,

They fell extinguished when you walked away.

 

 

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Moon obscured

Today is the first day of NaPoWriMo, and I’m revisiting the triolet, a form I’ve rather neglected lately in favour of its more expansive relative, the villanelle.

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The night is heavy now, the moon obscured,

And all the stars are stilled, silent their song.

Have all the night birds gone, by foxes lured?

The night is heavy now, the moon obscured,

Heartache returns though I’ve long thought it cured,

A night like this you left. It’s been so long,

The night is heavy now, the moon obscured,

And all the stars are stilled, silent their song.