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They say the world will end in fire;
But what if destruction – reeks of ice
To this alone my thoughts aspire.

Several are those who worship – inquire
And shall be judged like all the rest.
They say the world will end in fire.

His favor leaves us nothing to require;
Good actions alone in the end will save.
To this alone my thoughts aspire.

For those who sin – results are dire;
None shall come to take the blame.
They say the world will end in fire.

Like saints that at the stake expire;
No guilt in life or fear in death.
To this alone my thoughts aspire.

There is a Voice whose tones inspire;
Enlarge the close – contracted mind.
They say the world will end in fire;
To this alone my thoughts aspire.

 

 

Photo Credits: wallpaperswide.com

Inspiration from the title of Robert Frost’s poem “Fire and Ice.”

Form: Villanelle

Posted for Midweek Motif @ Poets United

& Posted on Open Link Night @ dVerse Pub

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Comments

  1. Sumana Roy says:

    “Good actions alone in the end will save. / To this alone my thoughts aspire.”…these two beautiful lines kindle hope for this world torn into pieces by greed and hatred…great use of Frost’s lines here Sanaa….

    1. adashofsunny says:

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  2. Jae Rose says:

    Your use of repetition is very effective…if only more people thought about their actions and consequences..the world would surely be a better…sunnier place

    1. adashofsunny says:

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  3. Mary says:

    I really like the progression of this poem, the way you took inspiration from the Frost poem and played with it in your own way to come up with something unique and standing well on its own.

    1. adashofsunny says:

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  4. L. Moon says:

    Sanaa I love the way this Villanelle takes form and leads the reader. A strong verse with a firey message.

    1. adashofsunny says:

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  5. Thotpurge says:

    Destruction by ice is not going to be any better than that by fire I Think.. But we are well on our way to bringing either one upon ourselves as a species.

    1. adashofsunny says:

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  6. gillena says:

    luv your tweak of the Frost poem, you made it your own.
    Who knows if and when this world will end. Like you say aspire to good deeds and in the end our leaving will be a great reward

    have an awesome Wednesday

    much love…

    1. adashofsunny says:

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  7. Susan says:

    Gosh. Your use of Frost in this Villanelle paradoxically makes me hope for wholeness–itself a kind of fire–before the end. I am sure the ice will melt and put out the fire and POOF! But the VOICE–I aspire to know that regardless.

    1. adashofsunny says:

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  8. kaykuala h says:

    Like saints that at the stake expire;
    No guilt in life or fear in death.

    Those strong in resolve would rightly be ready to face the inevitable. Nothing should limit the options!

    Hank

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  9. Ah, the villanelle, so ably executed. You are a wizard with forms. Love the repetition. It works.

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  10. panchali says:

    Beautifully penned, Saana!
    “They say the world will end in fire.” – such a misplaced understanding is the reason why a lot of people get stuck through this journey.

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  11. Simply wonderful. Great imagery and I like how this builds.

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  12. The form works well…like licking flames the way the repeating lines return. 🙂

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  13. Myrna says:

    I love the Frost poem, and you sprung from it beautifully. I hope we do “Enlarge the close – contracted mind.”

    1. adashofsunny says:

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  14. G L Meisner says:

    A strong poem.

    1. adashofsunny says:

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  15. Cool, smooth villanelle. It does seem this open link night, form poetry outnumbers free verse entirely. Your Frost inspiration catapulted you to an exalted state it seems.

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  16. Gayle Walters Rose says:

    Sanaa, I love what you did with your villanelle and the topic of fire. I’ve found that sometimes the form can really help pull a poem out of you…don’t you think. I like these lines:

    “Like saints that at the stake expire;
    No guilt in life or fear in death.
    To this alone my thoughts aspire.”

    1. adashofsunny says:

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  17. Bjorn says:

    Villanelles are really hard to do.. and you might wonder what is worst.. ice or fire. Actually up north, the belief has always been that it will end in ice.. well done.

    1. adashofsunny says:

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  18. I never can decide between fire and ice. I think frogs might be nice.

    Nice work, good piece

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  19. Grace says:

    Fire or ice, its hard to choose how the world will end ~ For the good, it will be a welcoming journey ~ I guess we just have to wait and see ~

    Lovely work on the form too Sanaa ~

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  20. Victoria says:

    I like how you took Frost’s poem and made it your own. Well done, Sanaa.

    1. adashofsunny says:

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  21. Grace Black says:

    Ah, a lovely nod to Frost. Well done!

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  22. kanzensakura says:

    Excellent villanelle. I do admire those who can do this form well and you have done a superb job!

    1. adashofsunny says:

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  23. iCe ages
    come and
    go..
    fiRes
    alWays burn out..
    Yes.. humans will
    freeze last now..
    when oiL is gONe..
    icE comes KinG..
    Meanwhile.. some folks
    will continue to worry
    about
    bUrning..
    WitH FroZen
    minDs sTill Death
    they pArt..:)

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  24. D.C. Lutz says:

    I like the repetition in this one. What a feat, this coming from just the muse of title. Very well done.

    1. adashofsunny says:

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  25. Prajakta says:

    The repeats drive home the point strongly – the fierce strength of your lines with Frost blended in so well.

    Interesting form, first time I am seeing this 🙂

    1. adashofsunny says:

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  26. I have never tried a villanelle but this could inspire me.
    I admire the way you have made this flow so naturally. I really like the repetition of this line…” To this alone my thoughts aspire”.

    1. Sanaa says:

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  27. Abhra says:

    I think, these two lines are a masterpiece.
    “They say the world will end in fire;
    To this alone my thoughts aspire.”

    1. Sanaa says:

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  28. The world – so they tell me – has ended a few times already. Humans will probably survive the fire ending too, and adapt and carry on. Hope it’s not in my lifetime though. The poem is a prayer.

    1. Sanaa says:

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  29. Marina Sofia says:

    I do love vilanelles but when I try to write one, it sounds trite and forced. Yours sounds so natural and flowing. A very nice twist to the Robert Frost poem, too.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Marina,

      Thank you so much, so glad you liked it 🙂
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  30. Sanaa, I like your villanelle, and especially the topic you explore with it. Thank you for stopping by my blog a few days ago via Dverse.

    1. Sanaa says:

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  31. Bryan Ens says:

    The world may end in fire, but hopefully we can all do some good and spread some love in the meantime.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Byran,

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      Highly appreciated, have a great week ahead.

  32. gillena says:

    Sanaa, thanks for linking your ‘Fire’ to this week’s Monday WRites

    much love…

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Gillena,

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