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Villanelle: Is there ever a moment when reason reigns

BY T. Wignesan

Villanelle: Is there ever a moment when reason reigns

Is there ever a moment when reason reigns
“Never! Ever!” – cry the forsaken by Life
“Friends depart, Enemies approach,” Yi Jing ordains

Hold not to friends and think you can sever chains
Even to raise children you must beg the wife
Is there ever a moment when reason reigns

Friends are also humans the other self disdains
Like as not the same humans bind you in strife
“Friends depart, Enemies approach,” Yi Jing ordains

Stand alone and your World will collapse in ruins
But what a lovely fight you got out of Life!
Is there ever a moment when reason reigns

You can spurn the mean the blackguard: “Filthy swine’s!”
Turn back on hypocrites retreat into self
“Friends deoart, Enemies approach,” Yi Jing ordains

The same humans who to you cause all the pains
To some others serve as saviours in strife
Is there ever a moment when reason reigns:
“Friends depart, Enemies approach,” Yi Jing ordains!

© T. Wignesan – Paris, 2015

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