Villanelle .1

A Vile Notion

 

Success is but a notion so vile,

An ever sought disaster; unquantified –

Understanding it takes quite a while.

Conceived as a measure of one’s smile,

A smile devoid of it is yet the one glorified;

Success is but a notion so vile.

Whence it’s measured in one’s petty pile,

One’s virtues and vice often undermined;

Understanding it takes quite a while.

Considered a virtue of the perfect senile,

Its nemesis’ more common, so sane and undignified;

Success is but a notion so vile.

The path to which is but a dirty beguile,

The divergent path being simplicity horrified;

Understanding it takes quite a while.

The one who seeks is but Doom’s stile,

The one who doesn’t is ‘doomed’ – defined;

Success is but a notion so vile,

Understanding it takes quite a while.


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A villanelle (also known as villanesque)[1] is a nineteen-line poetic form consisting of five tercets followed by a quatrain. There are two refrains and two repeating rhymes, with the first and third line of the first tercet repeated alternately until the last stanza, which includes both repeated lines. Famous examples include

 

 

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