Treasure Island

Diane Hine

(25 July 1956)

Will and Elle (a villanelle)


'I don't believe in free will', ventured he,
debating philosophy themes widespread.
' I do', she countered, 'I'm wilfully free'.

'My genes and enviroment do for me',
tracing her forearm to see where it led.
'I don't believe in free will' ventured he.

'If that were the case, you'd just be a tree',
cutting his argument clinic'ly dead.
' I do', she countered, 'I'm wilfully free'.

'Yet quantum mechanics acts randomly',
(thinking- that gives me some Heisenberg cred) .
'I don't believe in free will', ventured he.

'Testosterone's clouding your wits, you see',
spouting some snippet she'd picked up in med.
'I do', she countered', 'I'm wilfully free'.

'You're right and I'm wrong, sweetheart I agree'.
'No matter darling, now take me to bed'.
'I don't believe in free will', ventured he.
'I do', she countered, 'for I'm willly free'.

Submitted: Saturday, March 17, 2012
Edited: Sunday, March 18, 2012

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  • Neil Crawford (3/23/2012 10:29:00 AM)

    Very clever.I take my hat off to poets who can write under the constraints of a form(I can't do it) , it shows discipline
    and imagination - a formidable combination.Excellent. (Report) Reply

  • Danny Draper (3/18/2012 6:37:00 AM)

    Will & Elle ha ha! A nice write you do like to mess with words. I have a villanelle here 'Freedom taken in silent peace' for my mum. I wrote anther recently but made the fatal mistake of letting another to get involved, poetry by committee, certainly not your case here. (Report) Reply

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