Villanelles

Granddaughter and Xylophone

Who knows what an eye with little knowledge sees?
A xylophone with pink and yellow notes;
Tink, tonk your sounds fly up to the trees.

I lift and hold you firmly round your knees
to show you blackbird chicksโ€™ gaping throats.
Who knows what an eye with little knowledge sees?

You gesture at the xylophone, โ€œIf you please!โ€
It seems that Mother Nature doesnโ€™t get your vote.
Tink, tonk your sounds fly up to the trees

until you pause charmed by the careful tease
of a stalking cat with shiny tabby coat.
Who knows what an eye with little knowledge sees?

I shoo the cat off so the garden is at ease.
To celebrate you twirl a stick and showboat.
Tink, tonk your sounds fly up to the trees.

The cat grooms and pretends to search for fleas.
Over the garden the blackbirdโ€™s singing floats.
Who knows what an eye with little knowledge sees?
Tink, tonk your sounds fly up to the trees.

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