Oviellejo #11

be kind to others you don’t know
the smile they show

is their way of grin and bearing
may need caring

of a tender hearted stranger’s soul
to feel whole

and when they growl under life’s toll
please don’t take it personally
their brokenness is what you see
the smile they show may need caring to feel whole


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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