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The forming of a relationship

A poet who has written a modern-day villanelle impresses Alison Chisholm

VILLANELLE

You came one weekend but you stayed for good That sweet first kiss has lasted down the years Our bodies not our minds knew where we stood.

When first you came we both thought that we could Just turn our backs and part, not shedding tears. You came one weekend but you stayed for good

Since then we’ve learned our lesson, understood, That our two lives were linked despite our fears Our bodies not our minds knew where we stood.

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