T Wignesan


Villanelle: Do States The Raison D'Etat Circumvent - Poem by T Wignesan

Villanelle: Do States the raison d’Etat circumvent

Do States the raison d’Etat* circumvent
The collective will Has it a single soul
Should not the force publique* State crimes prevent

Who but a few stand for the State’s content
The armed forces stifle in strait camisole*
Do States the raison d’Etat circumvent

Yet the elected crew behave innocent
The people’s will blocked by the party’s role
Should not the force publique State crimes prevent

The democratic way Does it not relent
Let parties alternate with no eye on goal
Do States the raison d’Etat circumvent

Entrenched forces damn all as of no moment
In the name of the People abuse their role
Should not the force publique State crimes prevent

Lives lie blunt forlorn twisted stymied rent
By mud-caked oath-swearing secret ritual
Do States the raison d’Etat circumvent
Should not the force publique State crimes prevent

• raison d’Etat: reason of State
• force publique: the Police
• camisole de force: strait jacket

© T. Wignesan – Paris,2015

Topic(s) of this poem: betrayal

Form: Villanelle


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Poem Submitted: Sunday, September 13, 2015



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