he’s a wino
he is couthless
and that’s final:

though it might seem
somewhat ruthless
he’s a wino

I remind you
he is truthless
and that’s final:

keep your dime he
uses ruses
he’s a wino

don’t trust smiles so
odd and toothless
and that’s final:

no excuses
he is useless
he’s a wino
and that’s final:


9 responses »

  1. It’s fascinating how the villanelle still lives and thrives (I’ve used it too). Is it, do you think, because it helps us to deal with the really tough subjects – like yours here?

  2. You are probably right about the dealing with tough subjects. I sometimes find that a traditional form liberates even as it proscribes…gives an aesthetic distance of a sort. I also like to tinker and was invited to do so by the notion that with the villanelle the choice of metrics is free.

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