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A Villanelle

By Penny FullerPublished 5 months ago Updated 5 months ago 1 min read
Runner-Up in Villanelle Challenge
Photo by Aaron Greenwood on Unsplash

I did not think my life would be this way-

my childhood self had many different dreams.

My yesterday is nothing like today.


My antecedent thought I’d get a say

if staying squarely on the good girl teams.

I did not think my life would be this way.


My value was what metrics could display

to others- what a boastful family deems.

My yesterday is nothing like today.


Surprises caused the path to go astray-

some choices, others more survival schemes.

I did not think my life would be this way.


Reflection changed the method that I weigh

the value of competitive extremes.

My yesterday is nothing like today.


As parent, grace and kindness I convey-

to look upon yourself with loving themes.

I did not think my life would be this way.

My yesterday is nothing like today.


About the Creator

Penny Fuller

(Not my real name)- Other Labels include:

Lover of fiction writing and reading. Aspiring global nomad. Woman in science. Most at home in nature. Working my way to an unconventional life, story by story and poem by poem.

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  • L.C. Schäfer4 months ago

    Very well done on placing in this challenge - it was a tough one, I think!

  • Alison McBain4 months ago

    I think many of us can relate to this. Very nicely written.

  • Natalie Wilkinson4 months ago

    Congratulations !

  • Hannah Moore4 months ago


  • Dana Crandell4 months ago

    Written with a clear style I truly enjoyed. Congratulations on placing!

  • Alison Brooke4 months ago

    Beautifully crafted & deeply relatable. Well done!

  • D.K. Shepard4 months ago

    Congrats! Very relatable and expertly executed!

  • J.P. Williamson4 months ago

    This was really beautiful, congratulations!

  • Babs Iverson4 months ago

    Congratulations on the Runner-up win!!!

  • This was so poignant and emotional! I loved your Villanelle!

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