Oviellejo #9-10

Before I do my ReVerse, finishing up the week’s daily Oviellejo with a twofer…


when i was young i prayed from want
all show and pomp

out loud displays of vanity
to god from me

my private sugar deity
my ego’s plea

fix this or that, great thou and thee
and when things didn’t go my way
i cursed the sky, i fell astray
all show and pomp, to god from me, my ego’s plea

now that i’m older, i confess
i was a mess

if only i had paused to hear
when god came near

her gentle whisper in the wind
drawing me in

now i spend more time listening,
counting the blessings of each day
with every breath i breathe i pray
i was a mess when god came near drawing me in

all show and pomp to god from me, my ego’s plea
i was a mess when god came near drawing me in

~kat


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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