Today my first villanelle of a poem and a Friendly Friday photo walk around Ljubljana with my sister on a lovely October day.
First, I wish to say that despite my angry sonnet yesterday, I have loved all the NaPoWriMo prompts so far (except yesterday’s, that is). I look forward to each new one. Today I get to write my first villanelle with such a complicated structure that I had to read three to get it. Exciting!
Also I love mash-ups of all sorts. The favourite I’ve done features selected English and American poets vs. Jim Morrison (pure mash, without any added content).
As I read what we were about to do, I immediately thought of two song lyrics that I had memorised a long time ago. They don’t contradict each other, rather they blend together well, and this is the only point where I won’t follow directions.
As I checked the second one online to see if I’d memorised it correctly, I had a bit of a shock. I’ve been hearing and singing it wrong all these years. Sorry, Aussies, I just had to keep my wrong lyrics in. Only in the last stanza I used the correct words. (But the last line is purposefully wrong again.) Have a look.
Challenge Five: “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.”
Women know and men wonder.
What is it that
the men don’t know but the little girls understand?
Better be gone than be right.
Is this what
women know and men wonder?
Listen to the sound of the howling wind.
You might guess what
the men don’t know but the little girls understand.
Can you imagine how angry it makes them?
A simple fact that
women know and men wonder.
The truth of the night.
We claim it. It's ours. This is what
the men don’t know but the little girls understand:
“I’m a back door man
living in a land down under
where women glow and men plunder.
The men know but the little girls don’t understand.”
As I told my sister recently, we have the shaman’s disease and when we are 70 and 77 years old, we will have a travelling sister act called Shamanina and Shamanya. Can’t wait.
Until then we are catching moments, and the day of the photo walk around our city of origin, Ljubljana in Slovenia, which I have chosen for Snow Melts Somewhere’s Friendly Friday photo challenge, was one such. To many more!
And finally, today I happened to open my own yesterday’s post on my phone instead of my laptop which I usually use for blogging, and was appalled to find not one, not two, but THREE WordPress ads in one post. I mean, really? All were for cashing in on my blog. “Double your income!” If my income is 0, doubled wouldn’t improve the situation much, would it?? Are you seeing that in every post?
and for Day 5 of NaPoWriMo
ADD-IT: Only today I have learned that over at the dVerse ~ Poets Pub they celebrate the villanelle this month so I’ve thought to link my first ever there as well. Looking forward to reading some by others when I have a moment. This poetry month means business.