Oviellejo #6

“do something! do something!” they chant,
to sycophants

who hide behind the party line
biding their time

hoping this current rage will pass
it never lasts

tomorrow’s news will out-broadcast
this breaking tide just like before
until the people cry, “no more!”
to sycophants, biding their time…it never lasts


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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