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Rated: E · Poetry · Contest Entry · #2173350
31Oct18 Writer's Cramp winner and featured in 07Nov18 wdc poetry newsletter
From the deep dark shadows of the life I cleave,
Though my voice fearfully trembles, I say
There came a plaintive howl one Halloween Eve.

Facing evil I once could never conceive,
I was filled with a crushing urge to run away,
From the deep dark shadows of the life I cleave.

Understanding was tough for I was naive,
Something sinister was born that wretched day,
There came a plaintive howl one Halloween Eve.

How can I convince you when I scarcely believe,
The risk of becoming another of it's prey,
From the deep dark shadows of the life I cleave.

As my psyche was choked in it's binding weave,
Like steam from the jowls of a snarling bay,
There came a plaintive howl one Halloween Eve.

As I've naught to do but piteously grieve,
For the souls already lost I humbly pray,
From the deep dark shadows of the life I cleave.
There came a plaintive howl one Halloween Eve.

Villanelle; Consists of nineteen lines and is comprised of two rhymes. The first and third lines of the first verse become the alternating final lines of the next four verses. In the last stanza they form a couplet and become the "Closure". Finally, all the 2nd lines of each stanza rhyme with each other.
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