?

Log in

No account? Create an account

Previous Entry | Next Entry

Lifework

A technical exercise, to create a villanelle.  To "end as begun" is a main point of the form. (*sighs* And yes, the "real as real" is supposed to sound childish, because that's how she starts, and second childhood to end.  But of course, if I need to explain...  feh.  That's why I said an exercise, to manage the form at all.)

She drew a picture of a tree,
In crayon, with a yellow sun,
It was as real as real could be.
 
She inked it as she watched TV;
On school-lined paper, just for fun,
She drew a picture of a tree.
 
In art, they said, “Draw what you see.”
The pine outside her house was one,
It was as real as real could be;
 
She copied it most faithfully,
It was the best thing she had done,
She drew a picture of a tree.
 
They hung it in a gallery,
Her abstract art. Said everyone,
It was more real than real could be.
 
But though she lived to ninety-three,
She ended just where she’d begun:
She drew a picture of a tree,
It was as real as real could be.
 

Tags: