Celebrating a Year

week 74 ~ I’ve got a blank book

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I’ve got a blank book
and a new story
I’m not scared to look

now that love’s sly crook
has cleared it for me
I’ve got a blank book
unless I mistook
the allegory
I’m not scared to look
at lost words that shook
my faith profoundly
I’ve got a blank book

it’s time that I took
an inventory
I’m not scared to look
or even unhook
my identity
I’ve got a blank book
I’m not scared to look

Written by mairmusic

March 18, 2010 at 9:46 am

Posted in March, villanelle

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  1. Hello,
    this is jingle!
    welcome to my Rally,
    since you are new, please visit 12 participants in my blog Rally post lists,
    that way, you get more feedback for your poem!
    Happy Thursday!


    March 18, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    • Thanks for this! I am in the process of reading and commenting & appreciate the comments I got. I will be with y’all next week too.


      March 19, 2010 at 10:43 am

  2. beautiful poem,
    I love your perspective,
    it has infinite possibility when you have a blank book!


    March 18, 2010 at 2:28 pm

  3. i love the possibilities of a blank book…nicely done. dropping by on the poets rally…


    March 18, 2010 at 3:20 pm

  4. Every time life shifts, so we have a new story to tell. Beautiful poem.


    March 18, 2010 at 5:11 pm

  5. I liked the metaphor of a blank page as change.
    The rhythm put me off a bit, but I still liked it :)


    March 18, 2010 at 9:35 pm

  6. Hope you find a new story .Wonderfull poem .


    March 19, 2010 at 6:47 am

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    March 19, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    • thanks for this.

      “I’m not scared to look
      at lost words that shook
      my faith profoundly”

      what lost words, I wonder, and how could something lost shake faith? Curious.


      March 26, 2010 at 12:25 pm

      • Hmmm… always dangerous to “explain” poetry, but generally I meant promises not kept, vows broken, false avowals of love and friendship, angry accusations without basis– these words are “lost,” to my way of thinking, since 1) they no longer hold their original meaning, because the speaker lied; or 2) they never had meaning, because the speaker was attempting to be hurtful without basis. These false lost words can be so damaging, but must be faced and dismissed before one can move on. Erased from the book, as it were, so it will be blank and ready for a new story.


        March 26, 2010 at 1:05 pm

  8. Nice! Hey wanted to ask you –

    there are few who appreciate what we did with the homonymic refrain villanelle… most people haven’t even heard of a villanelle. I wonder how it would be possible to keep the words of the refrains exactly the same but change the meaning… on all two sets of four?! I suppose it would technically be possible but far harder even than what we have done here. Have you done this? If so please give me a link! Cheers


    Luke Prater

    July 16, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    • no, I mostly just change the context. You can see all my villanelles now by clicking the villanelle link in the right hand column.


      July 16, 2010 at 9:38 pm

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