Villanelle for a Violent World

When bear and butterfly begin to fight
Over who should control the mountain trail
Never is the victor ever contrite.

The forest audience detests this sight
Watching a bloodbath turns most voyeurs pale
When bear and butterfly begin to fight.

The onslaught continues night after night
With neither side stopping to inhale
Never is the victor ever contrite.

I intervene in the dispute despite
Knowing a referee must not be frail
When bear and butterfly begin to fight.

As butterfly floats like wingèd kite
Bear bears broad benefit from size and scale
Never is the victor ever contrite.

As they approach cliff of substantial height
The pull of gravity never fails to not fail
When bear and butterfly begin to fight
Never is the victor ever contrite.

 

 

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