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For the Birds

A most veritable villanelle

By D.K. ShepardPublished 6 months ago Updated 4 months ago 1 min read
Second Place in Villanelle Challenge
For the Birds
Photo by Stephanie LeBlanc on Unsplash

I won’t be fooled by cunning counterfeit

In a market of lovers selling stock,

If it’s not from you, the birds can have it.


Crafted compliments, I don’t want a bit;

Such words are nothing more than idle talk,

I won’t be fooled by cunning counterfeit.


Skin meets in simple touch, a perfect fit

As hands embrace and fingers interlock,

If it’s not with you, the birds can have it.


Lips pressed together urgent to commit;

A kiss that sprints before it learns to walk,

I won’t be fooled by cunning counterfeit.


A precious stone where sunlight glints and flits

On a silver band in a velvet box,

If it’s not from you, the birds can have it.


Your affection is all that I’ll permit,

The rest is crumbs I’ll scatter for the flocks.

I won’t be fooled by cunning counterfeit,

If it’s not from you, the birds can have it.

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About the Creator

D.K. Shepard

Character Crafter, Witty Banter Enthusiast, World Builder, Unpublished novelist...for now

Fantasy is where I thrive, but I like to experiment with genres for my short stories. Currently employed as a teacher in Louisville.


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Comments (43)

  • Grz Colm3 months ago

    “For the birds” indeed. This is slick-ly done and I can see why it placed in the villanelle challenge, D.K! Congrats! 😊👍

  • Denise E Lindquist4 months ago

    Congratulations on your placing in the Villanelle challenge and your top story! 🎉🎉🎉

  • Salomé Saffiri5 months ago

    wow, I enjoy reading something things well-written. Your piece has a good cadence and an easily-digestible message

  • RL Stevenson5 months ago

    Congrats, D. K., on both accounts! Very liturgical and heartwarming. Luv it... well deserved. 🫵🏾💯

  • Chloe Gilholy5 months ago

    This was wonderful. Congrats on your win.

  • Ava Mack5 months ago

    Wonderful poem! Well deserved and congrats on your win!

  • Well deserving of Top Story! "Your affection is all that I’ll permit, The rest is crumbs I’ll scatter for the flocks. I won’t be fooled by cunning counterfeit, If it’s not from you, the birds can have it." Cute photo too... today, I'm wearing new earrings... a green budgie & a yellow one!

  • Elle Marie5 months ago

    Oh wow, this was beautiful, and so real! Congrats on 2nd place, I loved it!

  • Alison McBain5 months ago

    This was very clever and romantic. I really enjoyed it!

  • Sarah Danaher5 months ago

    congrats on the win and very good form. It was a enjoyable read

  • Daphsam5 months ago

    Congratulations on your win! Great way to talk about love.

  • Natalie Wilkinson5 months ago

    Congratulations ! This is a really clever spin on the topic of love.

  • Lamar Wiggins5 months ago

    Congratulations on 2nd place!!! Your poem was rather crafty. I can see why it gained the attention it deserves. Well Done!!!

  • Gina C.5 months ago

    Witty and so well crafted! Lots of amazing lines in here. 😍 Congratulations!! Well-deserved 🤗

  • Harbor Benassa5 months ago

    I love the cadence the refrain of "If it's not from you, the birds can have it" creates when it's repeated throughout the poem. Great job!

  • Shirley Belk5 months ago

    love the commitment and the symbolism of birds commiting for life

  • Paris Rosemont5 months ago

    Congratulations to you too! This is a superb villanelle!

  • Babs Iverson5 months ago

    Congratulations on the 2nd place win!!!💕❤️

  • Hannah Moore5 months ago

    Very romantic.

  • Alison Brooke5 months ago

    Congrats on top story and a well deserved second place victory!

  • Penny Fuller5 months ago

    What a great combination of whimsy and romance. I really loved it. Congrats on 2nd place!

  • Paul Stewart5 months ago

    Congrats on this getting second place, a definite winner in my book but what do I know. Congrats all the same!

  • S.L. Underwood5 months ago

    Very beautiful! Congrats!

  • Morgana Miller5 months ago

    “The rest is crumbs I’ll scatter for the flocks…” this part gave me goosebumps, truly lovely. Congratulations!

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