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Contradiction

I feel like sharing a poem today, so I will. Contradiction is another villanelle, which I wrote to express the frustration I feel when I run into roadblocks on my journey toward a goal.

I feel like sharing a poem today, so I will. Contradiction is another villanelle, which I wrote to express the frustration I feel when I run into roadblocks on my journey toward a goal. This particular poem was inspired by the challenges I encountered while striving toward a goal for one of my favorite pieces of writing.

Contradiction is written in iambic tetrameter with 9 syllables in each verse. The refrains (found in the first and third verses of the first tercet) are written in iambic tetrameter with a moving pyrrhic to vary the rhythm, which adds a waltz-like lilt to the poem. Fourteen of the nineteen verses in this poem follow the same rule. The remaining five verses break the rule, which I appreciate because I enjoy rhythmic diversity. I am a dancer and this poem reflects me in terms of theme and rhythm.

Listen to my reading of Contradiction

Some nights I dance with tears in my eyes.

Discordant melodies blur my mind,

yet, with every step, my passions rise.

Wicked Waltz – my validation’s prize.

Innocent wishes trampled, maligned.

Some nights I dance with tears in my eyes.

Into the floor, my honesty cries.

A burdensome love through me entwined,

yet, with every step, my passions rise.

I burn inhaling my lover’s lines.

My will to their pretensions confined.

Some nights I dance with tears in my eyes.

Desire to release destiny’s ties

bleeds words from a fateful contract signed,

yet, with every step, my passions rise.

Fulfillment my tenacity buys

when waltzing with my melody mind.

Some nights I dance with tears in my eyes

yet, with every step, my passions rise.

A Dried Rose
I selected this photo because it reminds me of a flower given to a dancer following a performance. In this case, the flower is dried, representing my past as a dancer and choreographer. It is a memory. © Ann Garcia November 2020

When I run into roadblocks, I consider the purpose of what I’m trying to do. If I identify a clear purpose, and if that purpose feels right, I find a way around the roadblock to continue on my way.

What do you do when you run into roadblocks on your way toward a goal?

© Ann Garcia

By Ann Garcia - River Blossoms Press

Artist & Publisher

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