Friday, April 7, 2017

I once was blessed ( a villanelle)

I just came across this old villanelle I wrote years ago

I once was blessed
I once was blessed to see the silver form
I can close my eyes now having seen
The silent beauty of the unicorn
A star-like light was pouring from her horn
Brighter than a lantern made by men
I once was blessed to see the silver form
She seemed uninjured by the recent storm
She neared me at a trot, so light of limb
I once was blessed to see the silver form
I wondered what hard things the beast had borne
For as I watched the shimmering grew dim
I once was blessed to see the silver form
I offered her an ear of summer corn
Having noticed that her flanks were thin
I once was blessed to see the silver form
She took the simple gift, her breath was warm 
Then bowed her head and touched it to my hem
The silent beauty of the unicorn
I once was blessed to see the silver form
—Sarah Torribio