Karl (louderback) wrote in iambic_5meter,
Karl
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A villanelle

The Starless Night of Dreams

I know the eyeless ever-clawing scream
Dragged out from in the heart of my own mind
That fills the haunting starless nights of dream.

The blankness filled with every futile scheme
Informs my soul and desperation blind.
I know the eyeless ever-clawing scream

Behind me in a rolling, crushing, stream,
Comes terror of a chilling, evil kind
That fills the haunting starless nights of dream.

On foolscap, ink records a nightmare's gleam
Then burns each day with red-hot flames entwined
I know the eyeless ever-clawing scream

Of gaunt and ghast and red-lit burning steam
Upon the flesh of helpless ones confined
That fills the haunting starless nights of dream.

Spare me the embrace of the fiend supreme.
Who stole my eyes and made me ever blind.
I know the eyeless ever-clawing scream
That fills the haunting starless nights of dream.
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I find the villanelle form really hard. This one came fairly easily, though.
I really like your villanelle..."The Starless Night of Dreams". Somehow evokes in me haunting feelings similar to those that H.P. Lovecraft's and E.A. Poe's stories do.
I am a great fan of both Poe & Lovecraft and I think it shows in both my prose and poetry.

My prose has that long complex structure that is so delightful in Lovecraft (and is my heritage being German by birth).

In poetry, I cannot rid myself of the conviction that poetry has both rhyme and meter else it is not peotry. If you subtract the rhyme I'll concede open verse where you can vary rhymes per stanza and (some say) metrical patterns as well, but I am firmly convinced that unrhymed "free verse" which has neither rhyme nor meter is simply prose written with irregular line breaks. I think this comes from early exposure to Poe and his brethren.

My love for the Macabre comes from being exposed to both Poe and Lovecraft at an early age. I am quite grateful to both my parents who did not censor my reading to the point where I was sanitized the way so very many kids seem to be of late.
Thanks for writing back! I also like Poe and Lovecraft. I was not censored in my reading when i was little, either.