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Turning of the tide

(another) villanelle after Rachel B. Baxter

Drink in the calm of the sea;
float on the flow of the tide…
Words gently joining in serendipity,

create a welcome shelter where we
can stop running, and just hide.
Drink in the calm of the sea,

and relax, here with me.
We’ll make melodies that soar and glide,
words gently joining in serendipity

of song, building harmony
where discord would preside.
Drink in the calm of the sea,

and let go of the memory
of long lost days. We cried,
words gently joining in serendipity

as we learned how to be free.
Let nature be your guide:
drink in the calm of the sea,
words gently joining in serendipity.


This poem is part of the Villanelle Vestiges project on Chalkboard. I borrowed the refrains from this villanelle (again):

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