VII x XVII
The cicadas & Chariot card have aligned—
both the light horse & dark horse with sweat & taut reins—
so that what will now be will be what we will find.
With the summer arising, the spring left behind,
& the world falling parallel perfect in lanes,
the cicadas’ & Chariot’s refrain in our minds,
hear the hoofsbeat, the thorax-thrum, droning, defined,
like the march of these years & the arch of these veins—
so that what we’re becoming will be what we’ll find.
Feel the ground as it trembles with tymbal’d design,
zephyr winds from your west shaping eastern terrain
til cicadas & Chariots & tethers entwine.
Let the banners of Past & Regret that maligned
be here rent by the ritual of richer campaign
so the Then will be Then & the Now what we find!
If there’s Time, if there’s Truth, if there’s Love unconfined,
then there’s rhyme to these rhythms the world can’t restrain,
so that even cicadas & Chariots align
with the Hope that we’ll be what we always would find.
This line is lovely and full of the music
“then there’s rhyme to these rhythms the world can’t restrain”
the confident rush and thrum of rhythm, coupled with your rhyme scheme that served the piece – never demanded for itself – made this a pleasure to read sir.
I blame you for three a.m. tetrameter (even if the villanelle was all you ordered) 😂
“cicadas & Chariots & tethers entwine” captures me, as does the whole twinning concept of the Cicadas and the tarot card. You are still the master of rhyme, time, and musicality!
☺️ ty, Bernie
This poem feels prophetic & grand
It felt oddly that way to have been written by it, as well. Ty for the read!
I love everything about this.
that chariot card always seems to make its way to the top of the pile.
The Tower is my usual friendly face 🤦🏼♂️ This chariot was…about as rare as the cicadas, for me
I would love to hear you read this one outloud. I think the rhymes would seem naturally folded. The first two lines are compelling!
I am always worried about the rhymes, and if they’ll be intrusive. So far, expecting this one to be what I read at the end-of-pomo get together!
I hear it, the intersection of magic and humanity. Love the repetition
💙 good! So glad!
Ty for the read!
Yes, yes, yes to comments above! And I can see it as a comment on current events, especially because of the villanelle’s “circularity” — what goes around comes around.
💙 still miss your face and your insight, poetic and otherwise!