Shirley Bunyan: He Challenged Me To Write A Villanelle

He challenged me to write a villanelle.
‘Too, difficult’, I pouted with dismay.
He clearly doesn’t know me very well.

He wants to criticise me: I can tell.
I so resent the overbearing way
he challenged me to write a villanelle.

And yet, I’m tough, I work in personnel.
I’ll write a villanelle without delay.
He clearly doesn’t know me very well.

I ruminate, determined to dispel
his arrogance. He'll come to rue the day
he challenged me to write a villanelle.

My confidence begins to rise and swell.
He watches, like a hawk observing prey.
He clearly doesn’t know me very well.

This marriage is a farce; in fact it’s hell.
He’ll get the papers through the door – Hooray!
He challenged me to write a villanelle.
He clearly doesn’t know me very well.