Oviellejo #21


there’s still some brokenness in me
others can’t see

crazy missteps and little deaths
the depth and breath

of every choice I’ve made, and yet
I can’t forget

there’s little time for vain regret
even in failure there’s a light
guiding my steps to get things right
others can’t see, the depth and breath I can’t forget


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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