Forked Tongue – A Villanelle

Forked Tongue

What is this language you speak?
That I am pretty and I amuse
Yet no deeper do you seek
 
Am I there to decorate and be sleek
Arm candy to enhance your ego
What is this language you speak?
 
Kiss me until my knees are weak
I am more than your accessory  
Yet no deeper do you seek
 
My love is torrid and not meek
Full of passion and lust
What is this language you speak ?
 
The situation has become bleak 
My words are foreign to you
Yet no deeper do you seek
 
Maybe I’m still hurting
I can’t turn the other cheek
What is this language you speak?
Yet no deeper do you seek
 
 
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

National Poetry Writing Month
Day 5 - April 5, 2019

NatPoWriMo - Prompt

Following Dargan’s lead, today we’d like to challenge you
to write a poem that incorporates at least one of the following:
(1) the villanelle form, (2) lines taken from an outside text,
and/or (3) phrases that oppose each other in some way.
If you can use two elements, great – and if you can do
all three, wow!

I managed two out of three. I chose the Villanelle form (my first attempt!) and the first two lines of the last stanza are taken from “Coming Back To You” by Leonard Cohen

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  16 comments for “Forked Tongue – A Villanelle

  1. April 6, 2019 at 1:50 am

    A beautifully written poem.

    • Christine Bolton
      April 6, 2019 at 8:06 am

      Thank you so much Sadje 🙂💕

      • April 6, 2019 at 8:44 am

        You’re welcome Christine

  2. April 7, 2019 at 6:51 am

    your villanelle is amazing Christine, it is has the grace of a tango dancer.

    • Christine Bolton
      April 7, 2019 at 9:26 am

      Oh thank you Gina!! I found it a struggle though. It’s like anything I suppose, the more you try ….. I just need to practice these different forms. I am enjoying the daily challenges fro NaPoEWroMo 💕🙂

      • April 7, 2019 at 9:33 am

        i am so happy to read your efforts, I can’t do the entire month on my blog, just too much, but cheering those who are taking the challenge, your rock Christine!

      • Christine Bolton
        April 7, 2019 at 1:33 pm

        Oh I appreciate that so much. It is difficult for you as you are still working. I thankfully am retired at last so now I get to learn all these wonderful poetry forms 🙂💕

      • April 7, 2019 at 6:41 pm

        i too am enjoying the wonderful forms just not enough time to attempt them properly. retirement is a long way off for me. you take on the challenges with a lot of strength. your interpretation is always so menaingful

      • Christine Bolton
        April 7, 2019 at 7:38 pm

        I feel that way about your Gina. I hear your heart speaking in every word 🙂💕

  3. April 12, 2019 at 8:22 am

    Congrats on your first villanelle. I like your repetitive lines that speaks of anguish and despair:

    What is this language you speak?
    Yet no deeper do you seek

    Good luck on your daily writing for the month!

  4. April 12, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    Very nicely done! A good message to think about!

    • Christine Bolton
      April 13, 2019 at 5:24 pm

      Thank you so much Dwight 🙂

  5. April 13, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    Nice lines: ” am more than your accessory
    Yet no deeper do you seek”

    • Christine Bolton
      April 14, 2019 at 9:23 am

      Thanks Frank 🙂

  6. April 17, 2019 at 4:09 am

    I like this cry of pain. Look at me properly – I have meaning. The repetitions are deftly done, and I think they add to the emotion of the poem. Great villanelling, thank you for sharing.

    • Christine Bolton
      April 17, 2019 at 8:47 am

      Thank you so much Sarah 🙂 I really like trying this different forms of poetry. It helps me tremendously.

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