Saturday, 2 January 2016

a good dream for a cold winter’s night – a villanelle

adrift in a good dream, in silent white 
far from the madding din in spellbound snow
in gusts, on this light-as-a-feather night

floating ... in the mystic spirit bright
the moon and stars confer a lantern glow
adrift in a good dream, in silent white

in wintry solitude the world is right
before me, soft down quilt warms my old soul,
in gusts, on this light-as-a-feather night
  
each frosted bough and branch: an awesome sight 
in misty breath and breezes – wonderful –
adrift in a good dream, in silent white

glittered snowflakes skitter with delight
and swirl, exquisite, in the puff and blow 
in gusts, on this light-as-a-feather night

peace on earth – on this good earth – this night 
a dream, a wish, a prayer to  make it so ...
adrift in a good dream, in silent white 
in gusts, on this light-as-a-feather night

 notes:  posted for Poets United.

On a personal note:  Recently, I was included in EnCompass V, an anthology published by The Ontario Poetry Society [www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca], that featured the work of six, established and emerging, poets.  What an honor, for me, to be included with such talented people.

TOPS (abbrev.) is a unique, “poetry-friendly place” and personally, I have found it to be a wonderful way (for those who are interested) to kick-start a publication record as, many of their submissions (for poetry contests and anthologies, etc) are only open to members (in Canada and the US).

photo:  Sun Peaks, BC – H. Bourke

© 2016 Wendy Bourke

30 comments:

  1. this is such an exquisite winter scene...i'm envying you...here in my place our winter this year is not that much wintry and gifted us a strange Christmas, I won't say warm but not that cold too....

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  2. Winter nights are so nice. I can imagine skiing through the woods at night. I start to think about Passing through woods be Robert Frost with such a scenery ... Great job with the Villanelle.

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  3. Such a soft villanelle...nicely done.

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  4. Dreaming of the snow is better when cuddled up warm with someone else!

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  5. I always struggle during winter nights. Dreaming of peace is nice. Wish it will come true.

    Happy New Year, Wendy.

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  6. wonderful wish and everyone should strive towards it.

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  7. Such magic in this piece..there is a stillness and sharpness to winter that is both ultra real and dream like at times..a good space to make wishes..and congratulations on your publication

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  8. What a beautiful dream, Wendy. I feel as if I am in the midst of a very softly falling snow....and being surrounded by such a field of white how can everything not just be right! Let there be peace on earth. Happy New Year, Wendy.

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  9. Such a wonderfully captivating villanelle :D wishing you a bright & joyous new year :D

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  10. beautiful poem like Winters night
    good luck
    (http://imagtalks.blogspot.com)

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  11. a beautiful ode to the snow/winterseason! I loved it! :) thank you!

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  12. such a tranquil villanelle, floating and drifting as its subject matter. I like the refrains you've used too, they glue it together nicely

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  13. Thank you for such a soft dream I found myself drifting with the snow. The use of this form gave it that extra special quality. Easy to read and feel the journey.

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  14. the winter night is so poignant

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  15. "light-as-a-feather night" is especially evocative to me of a new snow that diffuses moon light through clouds. A luscious poem!

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  16. Those soft dreamy winter nights are so peaceful...love the form and rhyme!

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  17. Such a lovely piece, so relaxing, and full of wonderful imagery. Makes me think of a quiet winter night.

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  18. Thanks for sharing your winter wonderland. I know nothing of that Sir of weather here in tropical Trinidad

    Best Wishes in 2016

    Much love...

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  19. Thanks for sharing your winter wonderland. I know nothing of that Sir of weather here in tropical Trinidad

    Best Wishes in 2016

    Much love...

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  20. Such a beautiful villanelle of a soft, wintry night's dream.

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  21. I love winter! This is such a wonderful form used to convey the beauty of a winter's dream. The last stanza in itself is stand alone stellar. Peace on earth...to us all.

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  22. Love this good dream about peace for the earth, nice villanelle...sounds like a whispering wind for me...

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  23. A villanelle to ring the new year in. How wonderful. I think this is my favourite of yours so far, Wendy - the form is wonderfully executed, the rhythm beautiful, one can feel the light-as-a-feather night. I especially resonate with the down quilt and "my old soul". Loved it. Happy 2016, my friend.

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  24. Yes! I have to agree with Sherry... you did very well, actually Perfect write within the form (which becomes irrelevant as it should when written as an exceptional poem :-)
    ZQ

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  25. Beautifully done villanelle!

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  26. How I wish to be a part of this beautiful world!

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  27. I love the close of the poem so much.

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  28. Really beautiful, tranquil poem for a beautiful scene. I often feel "in wintry solitude – the world is right," too. Congrats on your publication, Wendy!

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  29. Happy New Year Wendy ~ Love the refraining line of:

    in gusts, on this light-as-a-feather night

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  30. A beautiful, cozy picture you paint here, and I love your last lines!

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