The Sum of all

The Villanelle is a nineteen line poetic form that came about in the early 1600’s. Jean Passerat who, according to wikipedia, once had curious adventures while working in a mine, innovated a country ballad format that presumably everyone at the time thought was clever, cool or amazing, because they went onto copy it.

408 years later, here’s one. The inspiration is the idea that you are the sum of all your are, put into the perspective with the assistance of a beloved time lord at the moment of his absolutely last final regeneration ever…

Image courtesy of the BBC The Time of the Doctor
Image courtesy of the BBC
The Time of the Doctor

The sum of all you ever were and are, contained
Beaming through limb-lingo, outlining the edges of your torn mask
Relaying narrowly ordered dominos, beginning pride, ending shame

Hiding inside, vulnerability maimed
Overcompensation is bitch boastful pride
The sum of all you ever were and are, contained

You can pretend, as it’s not framed
Averting to hide which is already well-known
Relaying narrowly ordered dominos, beginning pride, ending shame

No body shines with a translucent flame
Lost faces, smashed masks on stoney bafflements
The sum of all you ever were and are, contained

Pretending you’re holier, ought to be shamed
But silence, waits upon Lady Karma’s transpiration
Relaying narrowly ordered dominos, beginning pride, ending shame

Distant withdrawal, avoidance, named
Vague greetings fading the passing of time
Relaying narrowly ordered dominos, beginning pride, ending shame
The sum of all you ever were and are, contained

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