Nocturne

And so, the time for sleep rolls round at last:
The day done, all complete. Come, friendly Night –
Let hearts find rest, and day-bound dreams take flight.

It’s late. The midnight hour’s already passed.
Lay books and pen aside, put out the light.
And so, the time for sleep rolls round at last.

Days seem unending, yet they fly too fast.
In silent stillness we may find respite.
No more to say now, no words left to write.
And so, the time for sleep rolls round at last.

 

Yet another venerable and hitherto-untried form – the Chaucerian rondel (I kid you not): just the two rhymes, plus a refrain line (A), giving a rhyme scheme Abb abA abbA. Simple, but fun. N.

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2 thoughts on “Nocturne

    • Hi Tikarma, how lovely to hear from you. Thank you so much for your comment. This is a very old form, so it has an almost naive quality to it, especially with just the two rhymes. I was worried that it might be a bit simplistic and ‘sing-song’ but in likening it to a lullaby you’ve reassured me enormously! N.xx

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