How used I am to all this weeping
this solitude, this douce tristesse.
How softly emptiness comes creeping
to meet its new petite maîtresse,
who cries the more and laughs the less
under god's silent black stardome;
where once were the towers of Lyonesse
now only fishes make their home.
Process Notes: "Lyonesse is a country in Arthurian legend, particularly in the story of Tristan and Iseult. Said to border Cornwall, it is most notable as the home of the hero Tristan, whose father was king. In later traditions Lyonesse is said to have sunk beneath the waves some time after the Tristan stories take place, making it similar to Ys and other lost lands in medieval Celtic tales..."
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Kerry's Sunday Mini-Challenge: The Huitain
Kerry explains this old French form in detail at the link above.
also posted for Poetics at dVerse Poets Pub
Karin Gustafson hosts and asks us to get our French on in honor of Bastille Day. I went a bit further back.
Note: I'm under the weather a bit this weekend and so there may be a delay in returning visits.
Image: Tristan and Isolde, by Salvidor Dali, 1944
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