This was written in February or March of this year, if I'm remembering correctly. I didn't upload it then because (a), I knew it was going into the book and (b) I absolutely HATED it for a while and thought it was the worst villanelle in the history of villanelles. It's grown on me, though, so here it is for your enjoyment. At least, I hope you enjoy it


Your heartless lies don't sound the same

The photograph is growing pale

Now is the time to end this game

.

Once long ago, you did proclaim

A love as great as the largest dale

Your heartless lies don't sound the same

.

But Cupid's arrow lacked its aim

As your "forever" feels awfully frail

Now is the time to end this game

.

Now it cuts your ears to hear my name

And your insults pelt and bruise like hail

Your heartless lies don't sound the same

.

It's just a joke, or so you claim

Either way, I will not fail

Now is the time to end this game

.

Tear the picture, smash the frame

The shards of glass will make you pale

Your heartless lies don't sound the same

Now is the time to end this game