This is a prompting Blog

My intent here is to write a poem from the prompt I give to you , the reader, in hopes that it will inspire something and get others to write with me.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Today's Prompt is Villanelle


A villanelle has only two rhyme sounds. The first and third lines of the first stanza are rhyming refrains that alternate as the third line in each successive stanza and form a couplet at the close. A villanelle is nineteen lines long, consisting of five tercets and one concluding quatrain.

Even when you're shattered   
You always have a home      
This is where you matter

You are free to roam
in this world of clatter
you are not alone

when pieces of life tatter
and love chill's you to the bone
your thoughts may scatter

yet you can still come home
this is where you matter
let my love be shown

your tears no longer splatter
here where you are known
your love is all I'm after

when all your seeds are sown
I long to hear your laughter
you always have a home
even when you're shattered

I have a long way to go with this form, Reading further I did this wrong and will do another to try to get it correct. This is how it should be...
Refrain 1 (A1)
Line 2 (b)
Refrain 2 (A2)
Line 4 (a)
Line 5 (b)
Refrain 1 (A1)
Line 7 (a)
Line 8 (b)
Refrain 2 (A2)
Line 10 (a)
Line 11 (b)
Refrain 1 (A1)
Line 13 (a)
Line 14 (b)
Refrain 2 (A2)
Line 16 (a)
Line 17 (b)
Refrain 1 (A1)
Refrain 2 (A2)



  1. This isn't a villanelle but I thought you would like it. The author is unknown. it was found in a motel in Texas in the 60's

    When you get what you want,in the struggle of life,and the world makes you king for a day;
    Just go to a mirror and look at yourself and see what that man has to say.
    He's the fellow to please, never mine all the rest,for he's with you clear to the end.
    And you have passed your most difficult test if the man in the glass is yourfriend.
    You may win the whole world and get pats on your back when you pass,
    But your final reward will be heartache and tears, if you cheated the man in the glass.

    Hope you like it, I have remembered it for the last 46 years since I came across it one night in a motel outside of Laredo,Texas in 1965.

  2. I like it a lot Richie !
    Thank you !!!