Milkwood’s Poem A Day #7 is at best very difficult. The form is the Villanelle. The word prompt is ‘tide’.
The villanelle consists of:
“19 lines. Two rhymes. Two lines that repeat. Six stanzas – five are three lines each and the last is four lines. The first stanza has both repeating lines. The following four stanzas alternate having one repeating line or the other. The sixth (and last) stanza contains both of the repeating lines.”
“Here’s the rhyme pattern shown with a’s and b’s. The capital A1 and A2 are the repeating lines.”
“A1bA2 abA1 abA2 abA1 abA2 abA1A2”
I won’t pretend that I did it justice. Here’s mine:
Valentine's Day Villanelle by Michael Romani I find myself eating dinner again Valentine's Day's riptide again I'm told And I remain certain that I'm my best friend I find myself eating dinner again Watching some spoof of a jaded movie The television provides the light it can It's not like being alone is the end It can be very peaceful by myself And I remain certain that I'm my best friend I find myself eating dinner again They say a man should not always be all alone Sometimes though being alone is best then It's not something that I will defend Cruelty has brought me to this end And I remain certain that I am my best friend I find myself eating dinner again Thinking back on when you were mine And I remain certain that I am my best friend Still, God knows that I would like to try again (c) February 14, 2019 Michael Romani All Rights Reserved