Poetry by Neal Whitman of Pacific Grove, California The Society November 5, 2012 Poetry 3 Comments Villanelle Vows All that is in this delightful garden grows, Should happy be, and have immortal bliss. Edmund Spenser, Faerie Queene, st. 41 Have immortal bliss. Bride and Groom: “Dost thou?” And now you may kiss. We to bear witness two to make a vow. Have immortal bliss. Nothing here amiss if each day lived now. And now you may kiss. One of you remiss ? Forgive and allow. Have immortal bliss. Then in all fairness to bend like a bough. And now you may kiss. Leave today with this: Every day endow. Have immortal bliss. And now you may kiss. How They Met It started by a garden wall. It was May Day as I recall. He tripped and took a dreadful fall. She wrapped his ankle in her shawl. He asked might he give her a call. A simple twist of fate, this sprawl. Cinquain* in the Rain Outburst “Crapsey,” I cursed. Just a sprinkle at first. Now a downpour – picnic submersed. Dispersed! *The 5-line 2-4-6-8-2 cinquain was invented by Adelaide Crapsey (1878-1914) Neal Whitman splits his time between Western and Japanese form poetry. He writes to be read – north of 500 poems have been published. His 2012 poetry awards include White Buffalo Native American Poet Laureate; third place, Artists Embassy International Dance Festival; third best autumn haiku, Diogen Art Magazine, Serbia; Ito En Haiku Grand Prix semi-finalist, Japan; and honorable mention, Pancakes in Heaven poetry contest. Neal and his wife, Elaine, live in Pacific Grove, California, and, in nearby Carmel, are docents at Robinson Jeffers Tor House. These poems are among the entries for the Society of Classical Poets’ 2012 Poetry Competition. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 3 Responses waldo47 November 9, 2012 Your gracious mastery of the villanelle’s discipline is unique. I aspire to such artistry. Reply neal Whitman November 12, 2012 Waldo47, I see only today that you posted a comment. Writing poetry is a private labor, so when a public comment comes along as gracious as yours, I feel gratitude. Thank you. Amicus poeticae, Neal Reply Julie Catherine Vigna November 21, 2012 Neal, your poetry is delightful! I thoroughly enjoyed your Villanelle Vows (brilliantly penned), and your cinquain made me burst out laughing – I love them all. ~ Julie Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour 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.