I persisted #Na/GloPoWriMo Day 05-2019

The prompt I will use comes from day 5 on napowrimo.net “The classic villanelle has five three-line stanzas followed by a final, four-line stanza. The first and third lines of the first stanza alternately repeat as the last lines of the following three-line stanzas, before being used as the last two lines of the final quatrain. And to make it an even more virtuoso performance, Dargan’s alternating lines, besides being taken from songs, express “opposing” ideas, with one being about sleeping, and the other waking.

I’ve never attempted a villanelle, so here goes:


You tried killing me softly
You treated me awfully
I will survive

You gave me your name
You drove me insane
You tried killing me softly

You told me what to read
You dictated my creed
I will survive

The look upon your face
Said I was a total disgrace
You tried killing me softly

I lost all my friends
I had to begin again
I will survive

I was rebellious
You were a zealot
You tried killing me softly
I will survive


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