Realign

I wrote Realign in December 2019 in anticipation of a new year. It is a poem about finding strength within oneself in spite of the naysayer or worry wart or punisher living inside one’s mind. If I’d known a global pandemic were coming to thrust the masses into a mental health crisis, I’d have considered holding it for release until December 2020 (as a reminder that we can always start over). But I didn’t know and I released Realign under a pen name at the New Year 2020 on a website I’m no longer using. I’ve revised Realign a bit and now I’m pairing it with one of my own photos here on riverblossoms.com (you’ll see the photo at the end of the post).

Realign is a villanelle, which is my favorite poetic form. Poets.org defines the villanelle as a highly structured poem made up of five tercets followed by a quatrain, with two repeating rhymes and two refrains. In my opinion, this form creates a lovely rhythm combined with a mature rhyme scheme. Writing in this form forces me to think–it’s a mini challenge for my creative mind. To date, I’ve written 4 villanelle, and I love each one. Within a world where free verse is preferred and rhyme is unwanted, I still write poetry that I love to write. I adore the structure of this poetic form.

Realign is written in iambic heptameter; deviations in meter are evident in two of the verses. Within Realign, I use a mix of slant rhyme and perfect rhyme.

Here is my reading of Realign:

You live in one who has the strength it takes to realign.

Grasp solace deep within your bones. Unfractured you shall stand

to save your soul song from the mind in you that’s gone awry.

Your sadness blooms in fields less green where childhood freedoms died.

Through lenses formed by social screams, a vision clear is banned.

You live in one who has the strength it takes to realign.

A courage fierce safeguards a mind and heart in full supply

to love as self should always love. This element demands

to save your soul song from the mind in you that’s gone awry.

Remove world-blackened rules, destructive, forced upon your eyes.

Suffer not unsighted ones who spew unthinking commands.

You live in one who has the strength it takes to realign.

Release thick toxic flow of will and let your spirit guide.

Embrace bright moments crystal clear and lead your footsteps grand

to save your soul song from the mind in you that’s gone awry.

May peace unlatch your rusted cage to grant your soul song flight.

Bleed a phrase for thoughts that drain. Nurture inner health. Expand.

You live in one who has the strength it takes to realign

to save your soul song from the mind in you that’s gone awry.

I took this photo in October 2020 while visiting a pumpkin farm. Yes, I had my wide-angle lens on my iPhone during our visit, and I’m so glad I did. I’m in love with this photo! For me, it represents the strength mentioned in Realign. Trees are beautiful creatures–they remind us everything is temporary, yet, if we remain steadfast, we shall bloom again.

Thank you for reading. I’m wishing you a fabulous today and tomorrow!

© Ann Garcia