The Villonnet was created by D. Allen Jenkins.

A Villonnet is a hybrid of the Villanelle and the Sonnet.   It has the Iambic Pentameter of both, but holds the four-stanza/line structure of the sonnet, while utilizing the two-line rhyme nature of the villanelle. The final stanza replaces the sonnet couplet with a typical villanelle tercet.



Another bout of illness I must deal,
an inconvenient ailment for sure.
A sudden droop of facial malcontent,
another course of chemicals to heal.

The slur, though not pronounced is very real,
the left eye sags as if it were asleep.
The numbness in the arm, it does annoy,
another bout of illness I must deal.

A “mini” episode, it bears that seal,
a precursor to more destructive things.
A Transient Ischemia Assault,
another set of symptoms to reveal.

Another bout of illness I must deal,
existence always comes at quite the cost,
another course of chemicals to heal.

(C) Walter J Wojtanik, 2014


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