07 Villanelle

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06 Villanelle

It’s easy to live with a broken heart
Your vision you need to no longer numb
As this is the time to make some fine art

Now that it’s over you both have to part
No need to fret how to make an income
It’s easy to live with a broken heart

Don’t just sit around you have to be smart
People want macrame rings for their thumb
As this is the time to make some fine art

Being creative now that you’re apart
Sticking dry pasta on card for your mum
It’s easy to live with a broken heart

And now heed the words of Rene Descartes
Think ‘a craft stall’: Cogito ergo sum
As this is the time to make some fine art

Wondering how you can make a fresh start
Upset and sitting around on your bum
It’s easy to live with a broken heart
As this is the time to make some fine art

05 Villanelle

Big bags of cheese balls, banana milkshake
Eaten before he then slowly prepares
Ice cream and custard over marble cake

Your special dinner took hours to bake
But yet selfishly he still never shares
Big bags of cheese balls, banana milkshake

He’d eat all the dinner chewing a steak
But only remaining so long as there’s
Ice cream and custard over marble cake

The various foods when shopping you take
Don’t thrill until like a hunter he snares
Big bags of cheese balls, banana milkshake

The way to his heart is easy to make
Sure you can answer his most common prayers
Ice cream and custard over marble cake

And right at the end the food at his wake
Will be up to you but only if there’s
Big bags of cheese balls, banana milkshake
Ice cream and custard over marble cake

04 Villanelle

Death, a weary death is all for the hope
Towards the end when you strive to be free
Let go the sides of this long downward slope

Always unsure if you’re able to cope
When the time comes you’ll be ready to see
Death, a weary death is all for the hope

Behind you is stretched out a length of rope
While in front you should hear a final plea
Let go the sides of this long downward slope

Or perhaps your thoughts will turn to elope
Despite knowing a vain attempt to flee
Death, a weary death is all for the hope

So on a dark floor we are left to grope
Until our hands become so useless we
Let go the sides of this long downward slope

When time is a close folded envelope
Able to commit and no longer be
Death, a weary death is all for the hope
Let go the sides of this long downward slope

03 Villanelle

Keep moving along through the pain and sweat
While bearing the times with all of your might
And let the world know you’re not finished yet

When all of your money hangs on a bet
Double or nothing is all that seems right
Keep moving along through the pain and sweat

If it seems like you can’t eat the baguette
Reach deep down inside to take a big bite
And let the world know you’re not finished yet

Refuse to play games like Russian roulette
As shooting yourself can never be right
Keep moving along through the pain and sweat

If you’re asked to dance or sing a duet
Sound out your talents in endless delight
And let the world know you’re not finished yet

The only advice to avoid regret
And do what you can to make it all right
Keep moving along through the pain and sweat
And let the world know you’re not finished yet

02 Villanelle

There’s only one lesson above all else
If you simply want to live a good life
Ignore the detractors and know thyself

A young man should grow and refine himself
Not shying away from struggle and strife
There’s only one lesson above all else

Likewise a woman seeks reason herself
Deciding to wed and become a wife
Ignore the detractors and know thyself

Control the power to build your own wealth
And carve your own way with a keen edged knife
There’s only one lesson above all else

Respect your body to maintain your health
Remain in control of the fork and knife
Ignore the detractors and know thyself

They will come for you with guile and stealth
And dressed up advice is blatantly rife
There’s only one lesson above all else
Ignore the detractors and know thyself

01 Villanelle

Here I stand broken long after the fall
Battered and torn but refusing to die
And learning that you don’t know me at all

Giving so much handing over it all
You only ever kept asking me why
Here I stand broken long after the fall

All the time ending by hitting a wall
Knowing you even lack the will to try
And learning that you don’t know me at all

Always left lonely and feeling so small
Never sure of any truth in the lie
Here I stand broken long after the fall

I must ultimately give up the call
Wipe my face dry while refusing to cry
And learning that you don’t know me at all

Despite my attempts to keep standing tall
Exhausted my screaming turned to a sigh
Here I stand broken long after the fall
And learning that you don’t know me at all