Oviellejo #22

earth’s a ball of crackling clay
in disarray

temperature are rising higher
we’re on fire

though fools deny it’s all a hoax
it’s not a joke

hope for the future up in smoke
from green and lush to ash to dust
before it’s too late, change, we must
in disarray, we’re on fire…it’s not a joke


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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