The Wanderers: A Villanelle Poem

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Silent here are the voices that were singing
in the halls of those who reveled by night.
Silent here are the bells that were ringing.

Where are the faces that were good and bright,
where the warrior with resounding horn?
Silent here are the voices that were singing.

Have they walked the paths to the bright
shining sea past fields of still-growing corn?
Silent here are the bells that were ringing.

Have they gone the way of darkened night,
along dusty roads the years have worn?
Silent here are the voices that were singing.

The sea-haze hides the ships from sight,
as they fade into the still-bright morn.
Silent here are the bells that were ringing.

They have passed away into the light
to the islands of the undying ever-born.
But silent here are the voices that were singing,
silent here are the bells that were ringing.

 

a person holding a lantern representing wanderers
lanterns representing the wanderers

Poet’s Notes

First off, if you enjoyed this poem, you should definitely read my poem “Piping for the Flocks / The Wanderer,” which shares a great deal with this poem.

I polled the Twitter poetry community about what form of poem I should attempt, and villanelle was the top response. “The Wanderers” is my debut villanelle effort. It’s inspired by The Lord of the Rings, chiefly by the departure of the elves from Middle Earth. But re-reading it, there are other interpretations I could come to. I hope you’ve enjoyed it! I will be producing a few more villanelle poems, hopefully not all fantasy-themed. The most famous villanelle in English is, of course, “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” by Dylan Thomas.

If you’re loving my work, I’d really appreciate if you left me a tip on Ko-fi so I can keep creating as much as possible for you. Thank you, as always, for reading!

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