Wisdom of the Youth (villanelle)

By dwells

I seek the Wisdom of the Youth
I heard it mentioned in a song
My manners frayed, my speech uncouth

That rarest gem of treasured truth
An outcast where I don’t belong
I seek the Wisdom of the Youth

A silken rag holds my last tooth
My days grow short, the way is long
My manners frayed, my speech uncouth

A darkened bar, a private booth
I wonder now where I went wrong?
I seek the Wisdom of the Youth

My fortune spent, I drink vermouth
A place of refuge from the throng
My manners frayed, my speech uncouth

And years from now they’ll say “Forsooth!”
“Fool’s errand to unring the gong!”
I seek the Wisdom of the Youth
My manners frayed, my speech uncouth

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Copyright 2014 dwells
Published on Sunday, November 2, 2014.     Filed under: "Satire" and "Poetry"

Author's Note:

sometimes I crack myself up :) - Dan
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  • sTr8-jAcKeT On Monday, March 25, 2019, sTr8-jAcKeT (839)By person wrote:

    So exactly what is the wisdom of the youth? And the only interesting dichotomy that I see within this tome, is that you question where you went wrong. While this piece has hilarity, could it not be possible that the journey to seek the wisdom; much as the quest for the Holy Grail, was indeed the wrong turn of time invested in that life? Just mixed nuts for thought my friend! Loved it!

  • Luna Jay On Tuesday, July 17, 2018, Luna Jay (472)By person wrote:

    Ha! Love it, made me smile...what wisdom might that be? I love your rhyming style here, very clear piece

  • Luna Jay On Tuesday, July 17, 2018, Luna Jay (472)By person wrote:

    Clever not clear

  • motherofnature On Tuesday, February 14, 2017, motherofnature (48)By person wrote:

    to seek such a thing these days is a quest not to be taken by the weary. steadfast in this endeavor my friend!

  • A former member wrote: Gosh!! That's a blessing!!

  • A former member wrote: It almost seems like an oxymoron but I get your point. It would be much easier if could go back to the time of our innocence.

  • dwells On Tuesday, November 4, 2014, dwells (5703)By person wrote:

    AR, BA, and Crag - glad you enjoyed this satirical piece; notice I never said what the wisdom was? - Dan

  • A former member wrote: I must take a bow in approval for this, what eloquent strangled irony.

  • blue angel On Monday, November 3, 2014, blue angel (1134)By person wrote:

    The youth seeks thy pearled wisdom, and all its uncensored truth! I'm just lovin' these villanelles! I hope your days are pleasant even in those dark little nooks in your favorite places!

  • A former member wrote: Excellent use of the villanelle format you present your subject very well cheers

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