Battered Villanelle

The person with the most and largest bruises
most likely’s who faced most the fighting, so
doesn’t have to be the one who loses.

Change your mind about how it confuses
what it can’t see much less pretend to know
the person with the most and largest bruises.

She had the dream. She knew what money uses
to kill it off. Its friend, she tried to show,
doesn’t have to be the one who loses.

Whom to target next? Which most amuses
your co-conspirator? Who’s your worst foe?
The person with the most and largest bruises?

She had the lie. She knew whom love accuses
before it gets to where it wants to go
doesn’t have to be the one who loses.

What makes it so worth shrugging off abuses
is what goes into the most sincere blow.
The person with the most and largest bruises
doesn’t have to be the one who loses.

 


 
 

by denise with cyn & maggie

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