VILLANELLE

The villanelle has 19 lines, 5 stanzas of three lines and 1 stanza of four lines with two rhymes and two refrains. The 1st, then the 3rd lines alternate as the last lines of stanzas 2,3,and 4, and then stanza 5 (the end) as a couplet. It is usually written in tetrameter (4 feet) or pentameter.The structure is:

line 1 - a - 1st refrain
line 2 - b
line 3 - a - 2nd refrain

line 4 - a
line 5 - b
line 6 - a - 1st refrain (same as line 1)

line 7 - a
line 8 - b
line 9 - a - 2nd refrain (same as line 2)

line 10 - a
line 11 - b
line 12 - a - 1st refrain (same as line 1)

line 13 - a
line 14 - b
line 15 - a - 2nd refrain (same as line 2)

line 16 - a
line 17 - b
line 18 - a - 1st refrain (same as line 1)
line 19 - a - 2nd refrain (same as line 2)



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When We Were Thirteen

Remember running wild and free
when we hung out by the river,
you and Markus and Tim and me.

We'd walk for an eternity.
We took what life could deliver
remember running wild and free.

Our voices echoed loud with glee
till it got dark and we'd shiver,
you and Markus and Tim and me.

Quite often we went absentee.
Mum got cross but we'd forgive her
remember running wild and free.

Our parents tried to oversee.
They went mad and made us quiver,
you and Markus and Tim and me.

Then we grew up. Now we're forty,
This memory is a sliver.
Remember running wild and free,
you and Markus and Tim and me.



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Do You Stand Alone

Do you stand alone in a crowd
Do you always do your best
Head held high and feeling proud

Do you whisper or speak aloud
Or like a sheep go with the rest
Do you stand alone in a crowd

Straight and tall and head unbowed
Are you righteous or are you blessed
Head held high and feeling proud

Seeds of doubt we must unshroud
Are you ready to sit the test
Do you stand alone in a crowd

No matter how you are endowed
If you give when you are pressed
Head held high and feeling proud

If fruits of wisdom you have ploughed
I welcome you to be my guest
Do you stand alone in a crowd
Head held high and feeling proud



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Stay With Me

Hold me close and hold me tight
Run your fingers through my hair
Stay with me all through the night

It feels so good, it feels so right
Say you love me if you dare
Hold me close and hold me tight

Tell me it will be alright
If only we could be a pair
Stay with me all through the night

We can share in great delight
Let me love you, let me care
Hold me close and hold me tight

I pray you will, I pray you might
Be the answer to my prayer
Stay with me all through the night

Be there in the morning light
Please do not go anywhere
Hold me close and hold me tight
Stay with me all throught the night

Part II

Hold me close and hold me tight
I'm a candle. You're my flame.
Stay with me all through the night

Bathe with me in candlelight.
I melt when you say my name.
Hold me close and hold me tight

Sparks we flash will soon ignite
fiery passion and delight.
Stay with me all through the night

Your golden glow makes things right,
go out, then it's not the same.
Hold me close and hold me tight

Darkness is a lonely sight,
staring through the window frame.
Stay with me all through the night

Smoulder till the morning light.
Without you I have no aim.
Hold me close and hold me tight
Stay with me all throught the night


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Only Yesterday

It seems like only yesterday
I felt your fingers tiny grip.
You smiled and laughed and loved to play
Building blocks and modeling clay.
Attached as always to my hip
It seems like only yesterday.
I lost you in the shops one day
Into the dress rack you did slip.
You smiled and laughed and loved to play
You didn't really run away.
T'was such a frightful shopping trip.
It seems like only yesterday
You brought me breakfast on a tray
Flowers, toast, and coffee to sip
You smiled and laughed and loved to play.
But growing I cannot delay
These apron strings I have to snip.
It seems like only yesterday
You smiled and laughed and loved to play.