Oviellejo #3

it’s a scary thing to care,
please don’t despair

dare to let the real you shine
in this dark time

though truth’s a rare commodity,
kindness is free

try giving more than you receive
pass along a friendly smile,
reach out, go the extra mile
please don’t despair, in this dark time kindness is free


The Oviellejo is an Old Spanish verse form (derived from ovillo, a ball of yarn). A stanza consists of 10 lines, with a rhyme scheme of AABBCCCDDC. The second line of each rhyme scheme, Line 2,4,6, is short line of up to 5 syllables. The last line is a “redondilla,” a “little round” that collects all three of the short lines.

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