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Rated: E · Poetry · Philosophy · #2234088
An image-inspired Villanelle
A Villanelle

Oh evil heart I’ll never know
the depth of bitterness you taste.
What makes your acrimony grow?

What seeds of sickness did you sow?
With what was innocence debased?
Oh evil heart I’ll never know.

The slate’s unscathed at birth, although
your soul and hate seem interlaced.
What makes your acrimony grow?

Did you resist the undertow?
From whence are your beginnings traced?
Oh evil heart I’ll never know.

Since self-reflection's apropos
perhaps your mirror’s been misplaced?
What makes your acrimony grow?

Concern for you may overflow,
but hope, I fear, has been erased.
Oh evil heart I’ll never know
what makes your acrimony grow.



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19 lines

The form is a villanelle. The rhyme scheme is as follows:
A1bA2
abA1
abA2
abA1
abA2
abA1A2

A1 is the first refrain and A2 is the second.
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