Villanelle of Voices Overheard in Payback 2017

Villanelle of Voices Overheard in Payback 2017
(obviously, the “we” here does not speak for me.)

Rights for you? A damned disgrace.
So, why not just shut-the-“f” up
as we put you in your place

because we hate your [insert] face–
we leave the blank–you fill it up–
rights for you a damned disgrace.

Oh, maybe we’ll allow you space
to overflow, then wash, our cup,
as we put you in your place–

Your proffered talent?  Total waste!
Don’t tell us that our science sucks–
rights for you are damned.  Disgrace,

to us, but egg on face.
Ho ho, ha ha, it up we yuck
while we put you in your place.

Don’t care if our cum leaves a trace–
at least “true” rape should shut you up.
Rights for you a damned disgrace–
just let us put you in your place.


For Rommy’s prompt on Real Toads to write in the voice of a villain.  The picture (mine) doesn’t really go with the poem, but I am using it because I find that reading books is about all that gives relief in these depressing days.  Obviously, the “we” voice doesn’t speak for me here.  Hopefully, it doesn’t speak for very many in actuality–


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13 Comments on “Villanelle of Voices Overheard in Payback 2017”

  1. whimsygizmo Says:

    Whew. This hit me right in the gut. Well done.

  2. M Says:

    apparently it speaks for many. good to read you, K – even if the oracle is speaking in ashen tongues ~

  3. Kerry Says:

    What a powerful and brave piece of writing, Karin. Such a sense of menace in this voice. You have captured the essence of villainy here.

  4. Rommy Says:

    Alas, all too real.

  5. Rosemary Nissen-Wade Says:

    Oh so much fictional villainy represented here, from Pamela’s Mr B on; art all too sadly imitating life. An absolutely wonderful and brilliant villanelle; my very favourite phrase, ‘it up we yuck’.

  6. Jim Says:

    I could have a name to go in here, K. But I won’t say it here, you never do. (That I remember.) I like your drawing.
    Happy Easter!!!

  7. Marian Says:

    No fiction here. Painful.

  8. sanaarizvi Says:

    This is such an incredibly powerful write!

  9. The sheer contempt is crystal clear..

  10. Anonymous Says:

    This strikes me hard. I know too well this scenario. Brutal and honest.

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