Sea craving – villanelle III for dVerse

Some of us live knowing we may drown,
yet something in us cannot keep away:
we’re still in thrall to the sea’s wild sound.

We walk a tightrope. Risk is all around,
we know fear, but we cannot feel afraid –
some of us live knowing we may drown

at the world’s edge, where the dark waves pound.
As the last light fades into soft grey,
we’re still in thrall to the sea’s wild sound.

Days when the sand is sugar brown,
and the lace-edged wavelets sweetly play,
some of us live, knowing we may drown

and when the storm is raging all around
and waves crash in and roll and roar away,
we’re still in thrall to the sea’s wild sound.

You’ll know us. We are restless in the town.
We itch to leave, take the sea-road away –
some of us live knowing we may drown,
yet still in thrall to the sea’s wild sound.

Oh, but I love a villanelle. This is my third for dVerse, where it’s our “form for all” this month.

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10 thoughts on “Sea craving – villanelle III for dVerse

  1. Hmmm, fascinating. I was wondering if this was a metaphor, but I couldn’t find it as the poem developed, but then I thought, wait, this is about those who live next to the sea, loving her, yet always at risk from storms and more. It was really about that. Not sure I am right, of course. Cool rhyme choices and reads smoothly.

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  2. Speaking as a veteran sailor who literally cannot swim to save his own life, this really hits me where I live! The form fits your subject well, with the longing counterbalanced by fear.

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  3. A beautiful villanelle Sarah and especially poignant in light of what happened to Agnes Proudhon-Smith who was swept out to sea whilst trying to take a photograph on the isle of Harris 💔

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