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Close Tight the Door


My attempt at another French poetry style the Rondeau.

One of the most famous rondeau poems, is the wonderful WW1 poem by Canadian army physician John McCrae. “In Flanders Field”


Close Tight The Door

Close tight the door, nowhere to hide.

I’ll learn to swim against the tide.

I must shut off that chink of light

To that safe place, where I take flight

And poor me thoughts, lock up inside.

“You have to drink, pain to subside “

“Just the one,” says that voice inside.

All these excuses I must fight.

Close tight the door.

The choices are mine to decide

To honour them, and not backslide.

I know if I can get them right

My future will change overnight.

I’ll have a life that’s filled with pride

Close tight the door.


Charlie Halliday (author) from Scotland on October 15, 2019:

Thank you very much for your comment Lorna.

Lorna Lamon on October 15, 2019:

I'm not familiar with this style Charlie, however, I am familiar with the poem 'In Flanders Field'. I loved the nuances within the poem and how difficult it can be to 'Close tight the door'. Once again I am in awe of your talent.

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