Burial

A1 The stalks of wheat appear to writhe and bow b As funnel clouds descend upon the plain. A The farmer ends his dreaming with a plow.

a The sirens in the village always blow, b As if to synchronize his life of pain. A1 The stalks of wheat appear to writhe and bow a Then burst into a thunderclap of crow, b They flap against sky but do not gain. A The farmer ends his dreaming with a plow.

a The funnel clouds increase, the shadows grow, b A gust of wind revolves the weathervane. A The stalks of wheat appear to writhe and bow.

a His family beckons but he will not go b To shelter as the twister tills the grain.

A2 The farmer ends his dreaming with a plow a To meet his fate in fields. He does not know b The apparitions bobbing in the rain. A1 The stalks of wheat appear to writhe and bow. A2 The farmer ends his dreaming with a plow.

Even though I am well acquainted with the form of a villanelle, I always type out the pattern on a worksheet so I have it handy without trying to memorize it. (You want to muster all your mental energy into composing the villanelle, not remembering the pattern.)

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