This path leads between waking and sleeping

Another must-read poem by Jane Dougherty!

Jane Dougherty Writes

The NaPoWriMo prompt today is the repeated line. Since there’s nothing I love more than a repeated line, here is a villanelle.

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This path leads between waking and sleeping,

Sunshine and darkness, red dawn to twilight,

Meandering gaily, past willows weeping.

Beyond the hills, the ocean rolls sweeping

The strand clear of footprints left by the night,

This path leads between waking and sleeping.

The wind in the cherries white blossom is reaping,

Strewing the path that the sun gilds so bright,

Meandering gaily, past willows weeping.

Never a sound from the lark chicks, no peeping,

Listening in their grass nest for fox tread light,

This path leads between waking and sleeping.

The river flows silver with salmon fish leaping,

Whispering magic, our dream eyes closed tight,

Meandering gaily, past willows weeping.

You give me your hand, your heart in my keeping,

With swans’ wings we dream, although in our…

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