Villanelle – Age

This house is full of things I should have sold,

porcelain dolls, a worn brown bear.

Age tiptoed to me, in silence taking hold,

Wrinkles, blemishes, bones feeling the cold,

brittle, greying, once fair.

This house is full of things I should have sold,

Rings on my fingers,

bent, discoloured, signs of wear,

Age tiptoed to me, in silence taking hold.

I remember – laughing, ignoring a future foretold,

a gypsy woman’s stories, firelight streaking her hair.

This house is full of things I should have sold.

Red lips warned me, I was young,

strode out, embracing the dare.

Age tiptoed to me, in silence taking hold,

Youth gives way to old,

spirit withers, turns to dust, is laid bare.

This house is full of things I should have sold,

Age tiptoed to me, in silence taking hold.

For information on the structure of a Villanelle, and how to create one click here.

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Author: Jo Bryant

I was born in the land of Banjo Paterson, gum trees, and weather extremes. I am a freelance writer. I live in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, but still like to claim my Australian heritage. I graduated with a Bachelor of Communications in 2008. I am writing my first novel. I love to write poetry, short stories, and also write for the web. And there is nothing that is on a par with a sunny summer's day spent at Waihi Beach.

3 thoughts on “Villanelle – Age”

  1. I REALLY liked this one, the form and the words. Moving onto my Pirate ship cured me of hanging on to things beyond their time, or simply because of memories, but before that, ahh, before….. 🙂

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