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06 October 2015
Today's prompt is about freedom and courage. What would I do if I were brave? I took longer than usual to think about this one, finally settling on the villanelle form and using two of my favourite songs—Rachel Platten's Fight Song and Sarah Bareilles' Brave—as inspiration.

Blazing Light

I am filled with blazing light,
Igniting words like tidal waves;
I will stand my ground and fight.

Banish fear, take back the night:
Do not tell me to behave;
I am filled with blazing light.

I speak, I sing, I shout, I write—
I’ll be silent in my grave.
I will stand my ground and fight.

This is no time to be polite;
I find the strength and I am brave.
I am filled with blazing light.

If I dare, I might incite
A flood of others, rushing waves.
I will stand my ground and fight.

We demand the wrongs made right,
The slaves are freed, the children saved.
I am filled with blazing light;
I will stand my ground and fight.


6 comments:

Stephanie Brennan said...

Banish fear, take back the night... I like the idea. And who can argue with I will stand my ground and fight. Courageous words. Wonderful use of the form.

Lori said...

Nicely done!

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De said...

WONDERFUL use of form. I really enjoyed this.

Karin Bole Tupper said...

I love this! I really wanted to do a Villanelle but my words wouldn't cooperate! I think I'll try again next week after reading yours :)

Nithya Venkat said...

Blazing light fighting for what is right, beautifully expressed. Powerful poem.

Mark said...

Reminds me of my favourite line in Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah', "There's a blaze of light in every word."