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An Angel of Christmas Past

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An Angel of Christmas Past

The eve of Christmas a day I won’t soon forget It was the day we celebrated yes I do remember The family came together for you with no regret Recalling a child, spying around, found a train set I would start to feel the excitement in November The eve of Christmas a day I won’t soon forget Someone hurries to buy a last gift in a Corvette Another sad to celebrate, a gift they can’t render The family came together for you with no regret The rest of the holiday, I’ll change my mindset Going to show some real spirit, not be a pretender The eve of Christmas a day I won’t soon forget If there is anyone, it’s to you that I am in debt Lil sweet lady, no you were powerful yet slender The family came together for you with no regret So far from that magical time I’m a dark silhouette But my cold hard heart starts to melt in December The eve of Christmas a day I won’t soon forget You taught me about Holiday spirit, with no regret
Written by me Wayland Bunch II on 12/10/2013 for Happy Holidays contest in memory of my grandmother. I changed the last line, felt forced to change it, but will still categorize this poem as a Villanelle. I could have easily repeated the closing line again, or could have called it free verse, but neither would have done justice to the message or the form, because I used the power of the repetition, provided by the form, throughout.

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  1. Date: 12/12/2013 6:59:00 PM
    Great use of the form and fine tribute to grandmother! Congrad's on your win!

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    Date: 12/12/2013 7:07:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you for taking the time to read and commenting, I truly appreciate it.
  1. Date: 12/12/2013 6:02:00 AM
    Well done Waylan congratulations xx

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    Date: 12/12/2013 12:14:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks for visiting and reading, your words are always kind.
  1. Date: 12/12/2013 5:28:00 AM
    awesome win...pd

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    Date: 12/12/2013 12:12:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Linda always, you were really the one that got me going on this site, and I'm always thankful for that.
  1. Date: 12/12/2013 4:18:00 AM
    Wayland I understand why 'Villanelle' is the hardest form of poetry it is so complex, if you can do this poetry I feel nothing would be hard for you, well constructed, picture perfect in composition, I have never done one of these, or maybe would never attempt it as my poetry is of my own choosing, I am sort of an outsider as many say they are not poems, so I will let my peers judge me. Best for Christmas. John

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    Date: 12/12/2013 12:11:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    ...cont. I wanted to try some darker stuff, representing how I felt at the time. Really I didn't think I'd like a repetitive form, but found power in some repetition, like a song. Anyway I'm enamored with the form, and had to do other forms just so I'd stop writing these lol.
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    Date: 12/12/2013 12:09:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    You know I first did this form with a poem called First Signs of Love. It was my first, first place, it is still my most viewed poem to date. I was experimenting with new forms, and found this one challenging. I saw only a couple of famous examples most cheerful.
  1. Date: 12/11/2013 11:09:00 PM
    Congrats on the win, Wayland

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    Date: 12/12/2013 12:07:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you so much Dr. Mehta.
  1. Date: 12/11/2013 5:13:00 PM
    Wayland, A heartfelt, beautiful tribute to your Grandmother of love, memories and truth touching my heart also! chuck

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    Date: 12/12/2013 12:07:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you so much for your comment and taking the time to read.
  1. Date: 12/11/2013 3:47:00 PM
    Modern villanelles may change the repeating lines . they don't have to stay exactly the same. anyway, I am glad you were inspired. And that you had such a cool grandmother.

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    Date: 12/11/2013 3:53:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you for reading and for your comment. I've been writing quiet a bit lately just not posting all. Thanks again for your time.
  1. Date: 12/11/2013 6:08:00 AM
    Most importantly your message is clear. A thoughtful tribute to your grandma.

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    Date: 12/11/2013 6:13:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks so much for visiting and your comment.