Cow Dust

‘Cow dust’ or “Godhuli” is the shimmering dust haze created during sunset by cattle columns returning home after grazing all day. A magical time that evokes the epic story of Radha’s love for Krishna, the charming, flute-playing cowherd.

Cowbells sing of times gone by,
as cattle march in the evening light,
and golden clouds rise in the sky.

She follows him, the maiden, shy,
his flute beckons the waiting night,
cowbells sing of times gone by.

Hearts and cows and haystacks sigh,
hooves set enchanting dust in flight,
and golden clouds rise in the sky.

He turns, he smiles, catches her eye,
plays their song of love’s sweet plight,
cowbells sing of times gone by.

Through glittering haze, ravens fly,
wood fires bubble in soft twilight,
and golden clouds rise in the sky.

Incense floats from the temple high,
souls dance with angels, out of sight,
cowbells sing of times gone by,
and golden clouds rise in the sky.

Linked to Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Villanelle Challenge.

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42 thoughts on “Cow Dust

  1. I bet to witness “Godhuli” in real life would be poetry for the eyes. Thank you for capturing it so that we (I) can imagine in it the way of words. Amazing, gifted writing here. A gem. Cheers ~

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  2. Perfect, perfect! Your tone, your imagery — and the subject itself — perfect for villanelle 🙂
    You and I both know it’s not effortless – but each line is so smooth – not a word out of place. Wow!

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      1. Oh, I know what you mean — starting my villanelle this evening — and it’s been a while since I worried about rhyme — sorely out of practice!

        Working with the villanelle was Bastet’s inspiration — she’ll be very happy to see what you’ve done here. 🙂

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  3. Lovely — and truly pastoral! Love the tale you’ve woven here simply spoken and beautiful … this is perfect … fiendish or not, you certainly make the villanelle look easy to write!

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      1. Glad the colour coding helped .. I’ve always had a lot of difficulty reading the “instructions” of how to write a form … colour coding helped me a lot in the past!

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  4. He turns, he smiles, catches her eye,
    plays their song of love’s sweet plight,
    cowbells sing of times gone by.

    Gives a feeling of completion of an episode. Though not without the confusion that normally happens when the dust is disturbed. But there are fond moments in between! Great lines thotpurge!

    Hank

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  5. Villanelles can be tricky; yours has the polish of a hand-rubbed car hood, gleaming, smooth. I always use a rhyming dictionary to give spice & variety to the rhyme schemes; yours rock the form, putting us into a foreign landscape, but familiar emotions.

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  6. I find vilanelles so difficult, and here you do it so well, the reader almost doesn’t notice. The subject is perfect for the form; the repetition just adds to the restful, ‘end of day well done’ feel.

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