In which I resurrect a villanelle

Because it’s Tuesday and suddenly I’m feeling very much like Tuesday’s child, here’s a villanelle* I wrote some years back for Rofel Brion’s poetry writing class…

 

Aralin sa Pamamaalam

 

Kanya-kanya ang kasanayan.

Sa pagtupad sa matandang sining,

Walang iisang paraan.

 

Habang naiidlip ang sintang lilisanin, maari siyang iwanan

Ng liham o larawang mapipilitan siyang yakapin paggising.

Kanya-kanya ang kasanayan.

 

Maari ring magtanghal ng isang pekeng alitan,

Isang away na ‘di alam kung ano ang pinagmulan.

Walang iisang paraan.

 

Maari ring maglaho ka na lamang sa kanyang harapan

Kung sa salamangka naman ang iyong hilig.

Kanya-kanya ang kasanayan.

 

At kung kaya mo, bakit hindi ikubli sa kanya ang buwan

At kitlin ang ilaw ng lahat ng mga bituin?

Wala namang iisang paraan.

 

Tandaan: Nakasalalay ang bagsik ng iyong paalam

Sa lawak at lalim ng sugat nitong lilikhain.

Kanya-kanya ang kasanayan,

At walang iisang paraan.

 

*A villanelle (also known as villanesque)[1] is a nineteen-line poetic form consisting of five tercets followed by a quatrain. There are two refrains and two repeating rhymes, with the first and third line of the first tercet repeated alternately until the last stanza, which includes both repeated lines. The villanelle is an example of a fixed verse form. The word derives from Latin, then Italian, and is related to the initial subject of the form being the pastoral. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Villanelle&gt;

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