Dreamy Poet

Poetry by Kavya Janani. U
I Wouldn’t Go Into a Regret Jail – Villanelle

I Wouldn’t Go Into a Regret Jail – Villanelle

Yet another rejection in my email.

I take a screenshot, share, and celebrate.
No, I wouldn’t go into a regret jail.

I anchor my poised dreams and let them sail.
I search, read, learn, imbibe, and stay up to date,
Yet another rejection in my email.

Sometimes I wish to hide my dreams with a veil,
Abandon them and blame it all on fate.
No, I wouldn’t go into a regret jail.

On days when I intensely feel I would fail,
My words themselves would serve as a soulmate.
Yet another rejection in my email.

I would never let my passion turn stale
Or immerse myself in wasteful self-hate.
No, I wouldn’t go into a regret jail.

These wishes and ambitions would never pale.
I might even begin on a clean slate.
Yet another rejection in my email.
No, I wouldn’t go into a regret jail.

©Kavya Janani. U


About the form: The first and third lines of the opening tercet are repeated alternately in the last lines of the succeeding stanzas; then in the final stanza, the refrain serves as the poem’s two concluding lines. Using capitals for the refrains and lowercase letters for the rhymes, the form could be expressed as: A1 b A2 / a b A1 / a b A2 / a b A1 / a b A2 / a b A1 A2.

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