Posted by: Ron DuBour | March 20, 2019

“Farewell on a winter night – I will return”~by Michael Graves


 

 

“Farewell on a winter night – I will return”
(a villanelle*)

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My clock is ticking, tightly wound, behind its placid dial.
It walks where once it ran, and speaks of things I’ve left undone.
And though it makes you sad, I’m only leaving for a while.

The night is dark, and in its depth, appearances beguile,
yet darkness, though it hides the view, will bring the rising sun.
My clock, is ticking, tightly wound behind its placid dial.

Your reddened eyes show disbelief, and joy has left your smile;
Yet each of us will bid farewell once earthly course is run.
And though it makes you sad, I’m only leaving for a while
.

So much is left to do, I’ve yet to span so many miles,
it seems unfair that I should leave what seems has just begun.
My clock, is ticking, tightly wound behind its placid dial.

I’ll see you once again, my love, no virtue’s in denial
of what we know we’ve done before and then again, begun.
And though it makes you sad, I’m only leaving for a while.

Persephone will still bless dew-kissed springtime with her smile;
while blinding fools to wonders clearly far beyond their ken.
My clock’s still ticking, tightly wound behind its placid dial.
And though it makes you sad, I’m only leaving for a while.

–Graves 3/29/14


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