"Yosemite Valley" by Albert Bierstadt‘Gazing above Daily Cares’ by Daniel Magdalen The Society August 4, 2017 Beauty, Poetry 10 Comments A Villanelle To breathe the beaming silence of the sky I long, when dawn’s chill wakes my eyes, and see The oft-unseen yet boundless peace on high. When slumber’s velvety dim moments die, Pale crowds rush back and forth, although unfree To breathe the beaming silence of the sky; For fading shapes of smoke they crave and sigh – The instant’s captives, whose relief can’t be The oft-unseen yet boundless peace on high. New straying steps, atop the old, pass by, Away from hearts’ forgotten goal – the key To breathe the beaming silence of the sky… Though I must bear the bustle’s dust, I try To reach beyond this breath and draw to me The oft-unseen yet boundless peace on high. While many vie to live and live to vie For empty gains, a life reaps joy when free To breathe the beaming silence of the sky, The oft-unseen yet boundless peace on high. Daniel Magdalen is a doctoral student in the Faculty of Letters at the University of Bucharest, in Romania. Related Post Shortest Poem Contest Winners Announced Congratulations to the following winners! Thank you to judges Joseph S. Salemi, James Sale, and Damian Robin. First Place $100 Prize: ... Tell the world:FacebookTwitterTumblrPinterestRedditLinkedInEmail 10 Responses Satyananda Sarangi August 4, 2017 Dear Daniel, greetings. I loved the refrain that you used. The fact that ‘villanelle’ as a form is difficult to execute, I would like to congratulate you. More power to your pen. Best wishes. Reply Daniel Magdalen August 6, 2017 Dear Satyananda, I am glad you like this villanelle and want to thank you for your appreciative comment. Best wishes, Daniel Magdalen Reply Morgan Downs August 4, 2017 This might be the best poem I’ve read on this site. Well done, I hope you have more. Reply Daniel Magdalen August 6, 2017 Thank you very much. Still, there certainly are poems more complex and beautiful, on this site, waiting to be discovered. Indeed, I shall be writing some more texts when the time is right. Reply Amy Foreman August 4, 2017 Excellent poem, Daniel. Loved every word! I also would love to read more of your poetry! Reply Daniel Magdalen August 6, 2017 I am thankful for your appreciation and, yes, new texts are surely to be submitted soon. Reply Hibah Shabkhez August 4, 2017 This is just lovely. 🙂 Reply Daniel Magdalen August 6, 2017 I am glad you enjoyed it. Reply Father Richard Libby August 7, 2017 Congratulations, Mr. Magdalen. This is very nice work. Reply Daniel Magdalen August 10, 2017 Thank you very much, Mr. Libby. I appreciate these kind words. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.