Vibrant Villanelles  July 1, 2008 - August 1, 2008

Contest Completed


Vibrant Villanelle Victor! - 36. A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN REVEALS HERSELF -- TO BE A POEM
Valiant Villanelle - A Man in Combat Boots (Villanelle)
Vehement Villanelle - Magic Moon
Velvet Villanelle - Gyre
Versatile Villanelle - Wish Away
Voila! Villanelle! - Joyful Times


A Villanelle contest!

A Villanelle is a nineteen-line poem consisting of a very specific rhyming scheme:
aba aba aba aba aba abaa.

The first and the third lines in the first stanza are repeated in alternating order throughout the
poem, and appear together in the last couplet (last two lines).

Example #1:

Why do they runaway?
My soul so beautiful, so bright
But for some reason I keep them at bay

Sometimes I wish they would stay
They give up on me without a fight
Why do they runaway?

Some think I am pretty, I say I'm okay
Though this doesn't feel right
But for some reason I keep them at bay

What can I do, what can I say?
What causes their flight?
Why do they runaway?

Just when I think I've won their heart, they stray
I feel like the farthest planet in the night
But for some reason I keep them at bay

What have I done to chase them away?
My soul beckons to them like a beacon of light
Why do they runaway?
But for some reason I keep them at bay

Copyright 2000 Julie Wright


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J. James Reider
J. James Reider
Eighty Four, PA


14 Contestants
23 Submissions
Created Jun 27, 2008