Being Used (villanelle)

By dwells

The Users know that Power is the game
Deceit within the mouth deforms the face
But they will never bear the mark of Shame

Unscrupulous, the portraits they will frame
From vaunted heights, to keep us in our place
The Users know that Power is the game

With history and heroes to defame
Our finest hours and freedoms to erase
But they will never bear the mark of Shame

Insidious, the noise is all the same
Impassioned youth, untempered by disgrace
The Users know that Power is the game

What never was, they promise to reclaim
Though crass and cruel; with brutish lack of grace
But they will never bear the mark of Shame

No spark of Hope will be allowed to flame
And Charity, their chaos will replace
The Users know that Power is the game
But they will never bear the mark of Shame

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Copyright 2018 dwells
Published on Thursday, October 4, 2018.     Filed under: "Structured" and "Poetry"

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  • molock On Tuesday, October 16, 2018, molock (333)By person wrote:

    Dwells my brother, you hit this one out of the ball park! but i have to believe in my heart that in the after life they will have to pay their dues for the destruction of humanity. I'm glad to see you're still here kickin' ass. peace my brudda - m0

  • lupus tenebrae On Saturday, October 6, 2018, lupus tenebrae (1033)By person wrote:

    Always good to see another villanelle from you, Dan, just the marriage of message and structure feels so natural. Poetry is our own revolution, despite the hierarchy in place, they can never take our words. Great pen, as per usual. Scholar

  • dwells On Monday, October 8, 2018, dwells (5814)By person wrote:

    Wolfie! Long time old friend, and sometimes I think I'm beginning to sound like a badly scratched record that is stuck in a repetitive mode of predictability (dating myself here:) Cheers! - Dan

  • Dilated View On Friday, October 5, 2018, Dilated View (539)By person wrote:

    Enjoyed the structure used here and that content paints a pretty bleak picture. I'm not sure we will ever truly understand the power structure, but their agenda seems pretty cut and dry. Very interesting and thought provoking read, thanks for sharing!

  • dwells On Monday, October 8, 2018, dwells (5814)By person wrote:

    Appreciate your insightful analysis DV, and I'll consider this poem a successful endeavor in light of your valued words my friend. Makes it all worthwhile. Cheers! - Dan

  • TropicalSnowstorm On Friday, October 5, 2018, TropicalSnowstorm (1728)By person wrote:

    You have become the master of this style. Well done, as always. Ciao, T/S Scholar

  • deathndismay On Friday, October 5, 2018, deathndismay (155)By person wrote:

    Yes! this is why I come here, to relate and know that others see truth in life like this... The structure is epic and the message moving... Thank you...

  • dwells On Monday, October 8, 2018, dwells (5814)By person wrote:

    We are the many though they say we are the few. Cheers DnD and many thanks! - Dan

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