MY VILLANELLE

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         I want to learn to live before I die
        To glimpse the light that makes my vision clear
        To see the truth that lies within the lie.

         I freely put the questions ‘how?’ and ‘why?’
        And seek the face unknown in darkest fear.
        I want to learn to live before I die.

         The days and years stream swiftly swiftly by
        In shimmering illusions cherished dear
        Despite the truth that lies within the lie.

         I found my hand in yours, so you and I
        Gave each our vows, impassioned, young, sincere.
        I want to learn to live before I die.

         The teachers teach, the prophets prophesy
        But miss the mystic rhythms of the sphere
        Nor see the truth that lies within the lie;

         Pure-hearted self; I sense a higher cry
        To never leave the far yet love the near.
        I want to learn to live before I die
        To see the truth that lies within the lie.

~ Harley White

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