Romaine Hill

 

sometimes words become more important than a rhyme scheme
and the heart dictates which ones to use

 

Do not  grieve long the loss of your first-born
(a slightly skewed villanelle)

Do not grieve long the loss of your first-born    a
For fit it is that he should take a wife;    b
Now is the time for you to laugh, not mourn   a

A mother’s fate calls her to cast     c
Upon the waters wide her bread of life;    b
Do not grieve long the loss of your first-born   a

Her only hope is that her children may     d
Turn to her often, as onward they go;    e
Now is the time for you to laugh, not mourn   a

That they in lighting their own hearths and hearts   f
Should, thinking of her, let her share their weal and woe;  e
Do not grieve long the loss of your first-born   a

Pray in his going with his wife beside    g
Their growing is a blessing shed around;    h
Now is the time for you to laugh, not mourn   a

Pray that their family life be strong and sound.    h
Pray that, loving his children dear, he learn from them  i
Do not grieve long the loss of your first-born    a
Now is the time for you to laugh, not mourn   a
 

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