Attempting a Villanelle - IP Winter
Heat is a soldier graceful in defeat,
surrendering to victorious chill,
No snow, no blizzard nor freezing sleet.
Winter does not tolerate a retreat
and fights only to win, and not to kill;
heat is a soldier graceful in defeat.
Courage for the vanquished does not deplete,
the chilling weapon of victory is still,
no snow, no blizzard nor freezing sleet.
The trumpeting of Taps will not repeat
and the beaten soldier climbs his last hill;
heat is a soldier in graceful defeat.
Bred to arms and beaten, heat rests his feet,
removing his boots against his own will;
no snow, no blizzard nor freezing sleet
were weapons he had faced without conceit
and he killed not with arrogance or thrill
though he had been audacious and indiscreet
- no snow, no blizzard nor a freezing sleet.