Summer Villanelle

It was a real challenge to finish any poems halfway decently, although I started about 7 of them today. However, at last I have finished Linda’s paint-chip poetry challenge, which was to write a villanelle this week, using at least three of the phrases on the paint chips below. I like villanelles and writing them, but it was hard to write a whole one in a single day. I still appreciate the prompt because I don’t often write villanelles on my own. Most of my poems are much shorter.

Marigolds announce the summer:
Quiet euphoria of day,
With rousing heat, a breeze astir.

Every day has much to offer,
Plenty of time for sun to stay:
Marigolds announce the summer.

Mingled with some milk and sugar
Porcelain teacup filled with Earl Grey,
With rousing heat, a breeze astir.

Feel the rising temperature
(Hope the polar ice caps will stay) —
Marigolds announce the summer.

Seasons take turns in their order.
Relax in sunshine, peace convey
With rousing heat, a breeze astir.

To savor time ’til September
Faces turn toward sun’s kind ray:
Marigolds announce the summer
With rousing heat, a breeze astir.

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