I Cannot Run – #NaPoWriMo19 – 5

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A foray into the villanelle style was one of the three suggestions to get me crafting today’s poem.  Not an easy task, but I had a bash at it!

The site says:

The classic villanelle has five three-line stanzas followed by a final, four-line stanza. The first and third lines of the first stanza alternately repeat as the last lines of the following three-line stanzas, before being used as the last two lines of the final quatrain.

I also found it described as having a rhyme scheme of: A1bA2 abA1 abA2 abA1 abA2 abA1A2   on Wikipedia, where the capital A stands for a repeated refrain, and the number after each signifies which of the two it is…

I went for the version that has 10 syllables to a line, too.

Anyway, all this complicated stuff can be explained better by just getting to the poem!  So here goes:


I cannot run, also I cannot kill.

This conundrum – it haunts my waking hours.

Why’s every word they say so freaking shrill?


To stay civil is taking all my skill,

All I want’s ten minutes in the shower.

I cannot run, also I cannot kill.


Our two having a Lego superhero adventure together on the X-Box (semi-amicably)

“I can’t make brothers disappear at will…”

(Thank the lord our tablet still has power)

Why’s every word they say so freaking shrill?!


“I do not have a magic wand or pill.”

“Don’t make that face at me, your milk will sour.”

I cannot run!!  Also: I cannot kill.


“Get down from there! No jumping off the ‘sills!”

“Flatulence is not your superpower…”

Whyyyyyyy’s every word they say so freaking shrill…?!


Their hearts and tummies never seem to fill,

I feel one day they’ll all of me devour.

I cannot run. Also, I cannot kill.



Did I mention that the kids were on holiday this week and next?! 😀

Hope you got a giggle or two out of today’s poem (I like the superpower line!!), and I’ll hopefully be back soon with tomorrow’s offering 😉


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4 Responses to “I Cannot Run – #NaPoWriMo19 – 5”

  1. Jane Wright Says:

    I laughed out loud at the picture this paints. Really enjoyable. And a very interesting format.

  2. Montaffera Says:

    Thanks Jane x

    Not one of my favourite forms – but fun!

  3. Sandy Says:

    Great to see you back writing.
    Love your poems.
    I can run so does that mean I can kill lol x

  4. Montaffera Says:

    Aww thanks, Sandy! x

    *backs away from the nice lady slowly* 😛

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