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Torrents of Black Water (villanelle poem)

Updated on April 2, 2013

The Torrents Of Black Water (Villanelle Poem)

The torrents of black water washes away innocence

Washing away any hopes and dreams that may have remained

As the plights of the sane die out in the gusting wind

Youthful smiles and playful guiles


Long since forgotten in a world of rotting morals

The torrents of black water washes away innocence

Cry out oh lord why thou hast forsaken us?

Judgmental stares fall on wasted prayers


As the plights of the sane die out in the gusting wind

The sins of the dammed are shared with the saved

No act of attrition can lead to perdition

The torrents of black water washes away innocence


Living in darkness we search an eternity’s span

For a distant flickering light we scream into the night

As the plights of the sane die out in the gusting wind

In the end nothing’s the same yet nothing has changed


Forever we are searching, but the waters keep churning

The torrents of black water washes away innocence

As the plights of the sane die out in the gusting wind

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      Matthew I Crawford 2 years ago from Greeley, Colorado

      Nearly 2 years since publication, and I shall be the first to leave a comment. This piece was one of the first villanelle poems that I ever attempted. I've written a dozen since and none have flowed with such ease as this piece, that being said this remains my only published villanelle poem.