Tony Hall – Villanelle, 30th August 2013

tonyyyy Tony Hall is a lecturer in NUI Galway. He is a graduate of the University of Limerick (BA Physical Education and English, and PhD Computer Science) and NUI Galway (Master of Information Technology). He recently completed the Postgraduate Award in Teaching Shakespeare with the Royal Shakespeare Company/University of Warwick. He is a former post-primary school teacher of Physical Education, English and ICT. Tony writes poetry, fiction and non-fiction.

Villanelle, 30th August 2013

Death will not wrest your words away,
As your mighty pen now to its rest is laid;
You write the heartbeat of our living day.

Today the news tolled, in peals unreal,
Surely not, voice of the age abide awhile;
Death will not wrest your words away.

Now, the cold requiem of night tunes up,
And birdsong stills into quietness, still
You write the heartbeat of our living day.

Your strength, inked in glorious array,
Will never diminish, not in blithe decay,
Death will not wrest your words away.

Your poems shine on, sonorous stars,
Evermore to enlighten the coming years,
You write the heartbeat of our living day.

Pitiless, the machine of grief unreels,
But in your cadence, our world turns,
Death will not wrest your words away,
You write the heartbeat of our living day.

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