Like a glass of Champagne. (Villanelle)

by Steven Beesley   Aug 20, 2005


The pleasure that true love can bring
It can also bring such hurt and pain
To your heart it will cling

Just like a bird on a wing
Emotions so difficult to contain
The pleasure that true love can bring

It is such a sweet thing
Feels so right, must not abstain
To your heart it will cling

It can hit you like a bee sting
Lovely, like a glass of cool champagne
The pleasure that true love can bring

Feel like a puppet on a string
Willingly I wear this ball and chain
To your heart it will cling

Just one kiss, feels like the spring
Forever you wish it will sustain
The pleasure that true love can bring
To your heart it will cling

Villanelle:
French poetry form created by Jean Passerate [1534-1602]. There are a total of 6 stanzas. The first 5 stanza comprise of 3 lines each. The last stanza comprises 4 lines.

The 1st and 3rd line of the first stanza takes turns repeating as the final line in the following stanzas, and are then rejoined as the last 2 lines in the final stanza.

The rhyme scheme is ABA throughout, except in the final stanza.

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  • 14 years ago

    by Melly

    Very true, and beautifully written.
    great job.

  • 16 years ago

    by Gary Jurechka

    It is refreshing to see a poet using the traditional forms.I did a few in my earlier years(villanelles, haiku, rondelets, tanka, etc.) but was not very pleased with those pieces(other words-I was no good) and I found I'm more comfortable with free verse.However in the last few years I've grown to appreciate the talent and work it takes to write a good traditional piece.I've read through a few of your pieces and am very impressed at the variety of forms you excel in.I really like this one-an excellent love poem, emotions conveyed so well withinn a structured rhyme form.Impressive.

  • 16 years ago

    by Bill Turner

    WoW! Well written and well said.

  • 16 years ago

    by Angie

    Oh yes, true love, to your heart it will cling............ love it Steve. Beautifully written as well.

    Smiles, Hugs and Love, Angela