The Uncaged Heart

Rattling the rugged ribs of prison-bone
defibrillated rhythm: free at last
the uncaged heart begins to beat again

Outside of time, and care, and convention
slow, steady at the outset, growing fast
rattling the rugged ribs of prison-bone

It skips, in love, entranced yet never chained
with unhealthy demands, as in the past
the uncaged heart begins to beat again

Its passion recognised, to flame and burn
unleashed, unfettered: fired with furnace blast
rattling the rugged ribs of prison-bone

The zenith of a life: to dance, to yearn
finding fulfilment in the Artist’s cast
the uncaged heart begins to beat again

The rhythm of a life anon – anon
the revelation of a love most vast
rattling the rugged ribs of prison-bone
the uncaged heart begins to beat again

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*note: written as a Villanelle, the off-rhymes are deliberate: this is an uncaged heart after all πŸ™‚

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  1. You’ve used the form with great grace and skill here, Ingrid.I feel the liberation coming through it as a wave of growth and realization. Beautiful writing.

  2. An excellent villanelle. I love The uncaged heart begins to beat again. Wonderfully written.

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