Oviellejo #14


what if wild roses plainly said
you must be red

it is the color flowers should be
rose red like me

to be true blooms, pale pink won’t do
you can’t be blue

what if birds dissed each other’s tunes
and trees made fun of shrubbery
just think how silly that would be
you must be red, rose red like me, you can’t be blue


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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