Lucky Dip – Saturday Mix, 23 April 2022

Welcome to the Saturday Mix – Lucky Dip, 23 April 2022!

For this week’s Lucky Dip, I have reached into my mystery bag and pulled out a Villanelle. The topic is up to you!

You may be thinking to yourself, What on earth is Villanelle?

Luckily, Shadow Poetry has an explanation…


A Villanelle is a nineteen-line poem consisting of a very specific rhyming scheme: aba aba aba aba aba abaa.

The first and the third lines in the first stanza are repeated in alternating order throughout the poem, and appear together in the last couplet (last two lines).

One of the most famous Villanelle is “Do not go Gentle into that Good Night” by Dylan Thomas.



Why do they runaway?
My soul so beautiful, so bright
But for some reason I keep them at bay

Sometimes I wish they would stay
They give up on me without a fight
Why do they runaway?

Some think I am pretty, I say I’m okay
Though this doesn’t feel right
But for some reason I keep them at bay

What can I do, what can I say?
What causes their flight?
Why do they runaway?

Just when I think I’ve won their heart, they stray
I feel like the farthest planet in the night
But for some reason I keep them at bay

What have I done to chase them away?
My soul beckons to them like a beacon of light
Why do they runaway?
But for some reason I keep them at bay

Copyright © 2000 Julie Wright

Good luck with your ‘Lucky Dip Villanelle’ – I can’t wait to see what you come up with! Don’t forget to tag ‘Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie’, ‘Saturday Mix’, and hashtag #LuckyDip.

As always, make sure you link your fabulous creation to the helpful Mister Linky.


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