Villanelles - Primula

Parting

Not even death’s hand should cause us to part,
I said by your side like a brother I’d cleave...
This anguish, it beats in the depths of my heart.

We  promised to finish this task at its start,
Into this darkness, our small lights to weave;
Not even death’s hand should cause us to part.

This forsaken path, beyond bearing to chart -
My hope in your life by cruel fate bereaved;
This anguish, it beats in the depths of my heart.

Your light overcomes the most hideous dark,
And somewhere inside me is strength to believe
Not even death’s hand should cause us to part.

For you were brought low by a hell-conceived dart
Your bright spirit darkened, for your life I grieve;
This anguish, it beats in the depths of my heart.

I will carry this weight, and return to this start,
Then never again from your side shall I leave.
Not even death’s hand should cause us to part,
This anguish, it beats in the depths of my heart.


Stranger

Please cling to the truth in spite of the lies-
I beg you to fight, and with me to stay;
A stranger is watching me from your eyes.

By wandering, darkness, and flame you're tried;
You look at me with such distrust and hate -
Please cling to the truth, in spite of the lies!

Desolate, barely a star as our guide,
I see your soul drifting lost and astray.
A stranger is watching me from your eyes

Who is this speaking with your voice, and why
Do you utter the words whisper'd to say?
Please, cling to the truth in spite of the lies...

Your gaze lies empty, all trusting has died,
I no longer know when you might betray -
A stranger is watching me from your eyes

Hopeless words spoken to make the heart cry,
Please tell me that you will return one day -
Please cling to the truth in spite of the lies.
A stranger is watching me from your eyes.