Oviellejo #15

when fear knocks daily at our door
we can’t ignore

the looming sense of dark’ning gloom
that we are doomed

when terror reigns our days and nights
let’s set things right

resist the urge to flee and fight
to make all people safe again
if not now there’ll be no when
we can’t ignore that we are doomed; let’s set things right


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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