Villanelle – Mud-Stained Boots – SD

“The Runaway”

Soulful eyes gaze, and through the wild you’ve roamed
In the snowy mountains, sheltered in the night.
What is it that you sought, once lost, once alone?

From under brush you peered and around gray stones
Huddled in the darkness — did you run in fright?
Soulful eyes gaze, and through the wild you’ve roamed.

You survived and searched, a runaway disowned.
What remedy was found for that wound inside?
What is it that you sought, once lost, once alone?

Whimpering softly to yourself — mournful tones —
Until happiness returned with morning light.
Soulful eyes gazed, and through the wild you’ve roamed.

From whence you came, perhaps forever unknown.
How many paths brought you from a life behind?
What is it that you sought, once lost, once alone?

To the crunching sound of muddy boots you come,
Yet still in the woods your wanderlust shines bright.
Soulful eyes gaze, and through the wild you’ve roamed.
What is it that you seek, once lost, now home?

Steve D

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