T Wignesan


Villanelle: The Dilemma Of The Non-Violent - 10 - Poem by T Wignesan

Villanelle: : The Dilemma of the Non-Violent – 10

Wild elephants rage through lush reveries teem
Prides of hungry lions stalk the stray by night
The herd posts no sentinel – confident team

The mightiest nations victims of own dream
The herd instinct subject to divisive right
Wild elephants rage through lush reveries teem

No rogue elephant stands to gain from team
If the path it rages through grows yet upright
The herd posts no sentinel – confident team

Tusks trunks impenetrable mail-chain skin seem
Like all the darkest ages stand stoic might
Wild elephants rage through lush reveries teem

Small people raise great empires sans esteem
All on rapacious claws high swooping delight
The herd posts no sentinel – confident team

Do elephants trample the pelandok* dream
To sing the praises of their founders by right
Wild elephants rage through lush reveries teem
The herd posts no sentinel – confident team

* pelandok: Malay for “mouse deer”

© T. Wignesan – Paris, 2015

Topic(s) of this poem: violence

Form: Villanelle


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Poem Submitted: Monday, November 2, 2015



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