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For these showers we plead, a villanelle poem

Updated on August 13, 2013
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Raindrops keep falling on my head

The rain comes a pouring. Our instant reactions can be one of two-to groan in frustration or to release a war whoop of appreciation.

When it rains, we may feel overwhelmed by flooding or feel the relief rainwater may provide during the dry times of our lives.

We experience emotional rain. Whether we feel as though we are being drenched by a deluge of rainwater or covered by showers of blessings depends on the kinds of showers that rain on us. They can be showers of blessing, or be waters that are the bane of our lives.

Our reactions to rain can also depend on how we douse waters upon each other. Do we overwhelm people with floods of blight, or shower them with relieving droplets of blessing?

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What are the showers of blessing we need?

There are many things that we all thirst for and will allow us to thrive if we do experience them. If we can shower these little approbations upon each other, it can be an edifying experience for all.

Physical showers

The rain can be heaven sent at the right time and the right place, of course, and themselves the showers of blessing necessary for physical growth of all we see around us, sustaining all physical life.

When not in overwhelming amounts and on a hot day, these are certainly droplets of water to be grateful for.

Approval

Though we may give a self-confident “I don’t need anyone to tell me how good I am,” the truth is that we all need the showers of approval and a little pat on the back, at least periodically.

When someone tells us how good we are at doing what we do, we tend to do more of it because we feel affirmed. These little showers of approval help us to do what we do just a little better.

Assurance

Have you thought about why you sometimes receive a feed back form? The person or persons requesting that you fill it out requires a little assurance and guidance from you to ascertain the state of things and how they are going.

We all ask our friends whether we look nice in this shirt or that dress, looking for the assurance that we look fine just the way we are. That little shower can really make our day.

Inspiration

All of us need to feel inspired to do what we do well. Without little showers of inspiration, it can be a little difficult for us to craft a good lesson as a teacher, come up with ideas for crafts or to be a good writer. Inspiration for us to be good parents as well.

We all remember the feelings of gratitude when little showers of inspiration come to move us forward.

Acceptance

It is a relief when we do not have to live up to everyone’s expectations and to be accepted just as we are. The little shower of unconditional acceptance tells us that there is a place to go to no matter what we do or mistakes we make.

To not live under the eyes of judgement can be a really refreshing shower of blessing!

Love

The fact and knowledge that there are people out there who love us is the most edifying shower of blessing.

When we are deprived of the water of love, it leaves us thirstier than if we are deprived from the real water that comes from a tap. No shower, physical or otherwise, can satisfy us more than this.

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What are the floods that leave us feeling overwhelmed?

There are the showers that leave us feeling drowned in an emotional flood. The question is if we have played a part, consciously or unconsciously, in dousing these waters on others.

Rejection

We have all been wet by this upsetting flood and been told, or made to feel that we are not good enough for this, that or the other.

The drenching is more intense when that rejection comes from those who are closest to us and leave us with a feeling of being worse for wear, owing to their misguided words or actions. The question to ask is if we have said those words ourselves.

Insecurity

There is nothing more uncomfortable than being drenched by waters of insecurity. When we are not on familiar ground or feel alone, it is swimming in threatening waters without a life buoy nearby.

We often appreciate it when others are there for us at the right time and it stands that others would if we are there for them.

What makes you feel emotionally overwhelmed?

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The birth of the villanelle poetry form

The word “villanelle” comes from the Italian word villano or “peasant.” This form of poetry was originally a dance-song sung by a Renaissance troubador and had a rustic or pastoral theme. It took shape after Jean Passerat’s 16th century poem “i Have Lost My Turtle Dove.”

Edmund Gosse gave credence to the strict 19 line form of poetry in an article for the Cornhill magazine, A Plea for more Exotic Forms of Verse. Austin Dobson, another English poet, published a similar article entitled Some foreign forms of Verse in W. Davenport Adams Latter Day Lyrics.

It was only in the 20th century that the form became a popular form of English poetry, with Dylan Thomas Do Not Go Gentle Unto That Good Night. Many more fine examples of such forms were written in the 1980s and 1990s.

Do enjoy this little villanelle

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For these showers we plead

May we have these blessed showers

Waters for growth,

Droplets of benediction, of life.



Refreshing raindrops of affirmation,

Sustaining fragility -

May we have these blessed showers?



We need water that quenches

our thirst, our doubt

droplets of benediction, of life



Rain that douses, renews

in waves that awaken-

May we have these blessed showers?



Showers that assuringly fall

On one and all, without question, are

droplets of benediction, of life



Waters of blessed, unquestioning love,

We want so much, from above,

May we have these blessed showers,

Droplets of benediction, of life?

Conclusion

Do we rain pleasant or unpleasant showers on others? How pleasant the showers are make a huge difference what we experience.


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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      An article and poem on raining showers of blessing on others.

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      What a superb piece of writing!Thanks for the presentation and explanation of villanelle poetry form !The poem is so amazing and well written.I loved it so much...You are in touch with the inner workings of your mind and that is hard to find in poets.I voted up

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      Approval and assurance..so important. When I am complimented I always am in the mode to continue on. I liked the analogy.. You did a super job and got to the core of what we are and how we feel. Voting up and pinning ...

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      I loved how you looked at this from both sides of the coin Michelle. I truly try to look at most things from the positive aspect, but think everyone in awhile the negative may creep in. I think that is just being human. Beautiful really and have voted up and shared, as always, too!!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Do we rain pleasant? Michelle, this is your best work so far. Simply a perfect message written in a beautiful way.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      This poem is like a warm blanket Michelle! Indeed as human being we need to receive love to be able to grow and blossom. And I love the words you use "Waters for growth, Droplets of benediction"!

      Very nice hub!

      Voted up and awesome!

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      Janet Giessl 3 years ago from Georgia country

      Absolutely awesome. I love the combination of information and poetry.

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      Beautiful sentiment here. I like the way you laid out his Hub.

      You amaze me with your writings: all of them!

      Voted UP and will share in the usual places.

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      whonunuwho 3 years ago from United States

      A wonderful work, my friend and well received by all who read. Thank you for this heart felt share. whonu

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 3 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      I just got showered with blessings by your words. Very nice!!

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      travmaj 3 years ago from australia

      A wonderful piece of writing - you use 'showers' in a unique and interesting way - I love the variations you present from approval to insecurities, the negatives and the positives. Great villanelle - love that poetry form. Thanks for this.

      Voting up and awesome and beautiful.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Beautiful, beautiful write Michelle!!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Hello, James! Thanks, I really appreciate that. This form is enjoyable and simple......I enjoy sharing my thoughts with other poets like you! Thanks for sharing!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Yes. Sincere compliments and appreciation drive us forward. Thanks for sharing, Carol!!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Yes, we can be either positive or negative about it! Thanks for sharing, Janine!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Indeed we do, Bill, we can definitely rain pleasant! Thanks for sharing!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Correct, Kidscrafts...all of us need affirmation, like for the wonderful crafts you've been sharing. Thanks for sharing!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Janet!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Mary, just had some thoughts in mind and wanted to share them. Thanks for sharing!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, who. Just sharing some thoughts!!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Am glad that this poem did that, Lastheart!! We should all aim to shower others with a few blessings!Thanks for sharing!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Travmaj! We want the positive variations and showers! Thanks for this heartening comment shower too! Thanks for sharing!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Hi Audrey, thanks!! I loved this one in particular too.

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Beautifully expressed. Lovely poem.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Michelle, your writing is never less than outstanding; but with this beautiful villanelle you have excelled yourself.

      brilliant!

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      Lurana Brown 3 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Michelle--This piece is excellent (like all of your writing) and filled with empathetic wisdom and poetic beauty. I love your variations on the theme of rain and showers. Water is life, and the ebb and flow of our interactions with others have a powerful ripple effect. And then, on top of all that, you write a beautiful well-structured poem that could easily stand alone!! :-) You raise the bar for sure. :-)

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Vellur!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Jo!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Lurana!

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      Erik Estabrook 3 years ago from Elmwood Park, Illinois

      very well-composed and backed up by the descriptive article

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Eric!

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      Sueswan 3 years ago

      Hi Michelle

      "There are many things that we all thirst for and will allow us to thrive if we do experience them. If we can shower these little approbations upon each other, it can be an edifying experience for all." Amen!

      Can you feel the showers of compliments I am giving you? Awesome, beautiful, insightful, and inspirational.

      Vote up+++ and sharing.

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      Bill Blackburn 3 years ago from Twentynine Palms, California

      You are a prolific writer my friend! Your thoughts come through with great clarity and it's quite refreshing! Beautiful!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Susan! Can certainly feel the showers of compliments, and am blessed for them and lovely writers like you. Thanks for sharing!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Hi web923! Glad to share! Thanks for dropping in!

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      Mohan Kumar 3 years ago from UK

      A beautiful thought and a beautiful poem. It is amazing that you created a villanelle that is at once poignant and poetically brilliant. The meaning in those words are a true testament of humanity... well done, Michelle!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks Doc. This is one of my own personal favorites too...thanks for the support!! I hope it helps someone who really needs these showers.

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      Christy Birmingham 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Michelle, this hub is absolutely beautiful. I love the way you discuss the different types of rains and showers. Physical, emotional.. then poetry. Ah it is delightful my friend!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Christy!! Glad you like this, it's one of my favorites too!

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