Oviellejo #20

a single bloom ‘midst bristled brush
rooted in dust

her periwinkle petals fade
in want of shade

what beautiful audacity

that even in adversity
she smiles at the blistering sun
refusing to become undone
rooted in dust, in want of shade…tenacity


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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