Challenge #169 – Troubling tensions, a battle of wits

THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “A Green Cornfield” by Christina Rossetti: blue, speck, corn, butterflies, sank, sing, tender, nest, stalks, sunny, slid, longer

Troubling tensions despite the blue skies

A battle of wits sinking longer

First so tender but with a speck of disguise

Birds sang as they fly to their nests

Butterflies flutter oh they’re so beautiful

Partners in crimes but now both spies

When you were gone I became stronger

Troubling tensions despite the blue skies

Cornfileds on a sunny day

Children sliding and swinging

Thought it would last forever but we revise

Have to move on now that you’re a goner

First so tender but with a speck of disguise

Stalks of red roses on the field

Red fox came and gone

Tension troubling and merciless demise

We fight with wits and then we ponder

Troubling tensions despite the blue skies

No regrets we always say

What happened happened

Best to part ways and that is wise

Those were the days when we were younger

First so tender but with a speck of disguise

It was your lost and I’m not your prize

Best to move on from now on yonder

Troubling tensions despite the blue skies

First so tender but with a speck of disguise*

(c) ladyleemanila 2020

The Grá Reformata, created by Michael King, is based upon the Villanelle form.

Following the basic setting of the Villanelle, the a Grá Reformata has an extra couplet between each tercet. This couplet can be either rhymed within the structure of the rest of the poem, or in free verse, but always in iambic pentameter.

Format:

a-b-a
x-x
a-b-a
x-x
a-b-a
x-x
a-b-a
x-x
a-b-a
a-b-a-a

The x consists of the rhymed, or unrhymed iambic couplet.

For: https://mindlovemiserysmenagerie.wordpress.com/2020/11/13/rolling-in-the-deep-challenge-169/, https://puttingmyfeetinthedirt.com/2020/11/01/november-writing-prompts-2/, http://sundayswhirligig.blogspot.com/2020/11/whirligig-292.html

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