The Big Question

Did you vote leave or did you vote remain?

It’s been three years and progress is so slow.

Perhaps we’d better think it out again.


The vitriol still flies from that campaign;

so would you tell them if they want to know,

did you vote leave or did you vote remain?


Remainers think the leavers are insane,

and leavers say it’s long past time to go;

perhaps we’d better think it out again.


If we could find some prophet to explain

the truth of changes we would undergo,

would you vote leave or would you vote remain?


It seems that all the talking is in vain,

so stop and think before we come to blows;

perhaps we’d better think it out again.


Although for some it goes against the grain,

if we should give the dice another throw

would you vote leave or would you vote remain?

Perhaps we’d better think it out again!

NaPoWriMo Day 5

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Laura Taylor

Mon 8th Apr 2019 16:23

Oh well done! I really didn't have the time to learn how to write a bloody villanelle haha so I applaud your efforts!

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M.C. Newberry

Sat 6th Apr 2019 16:14

I am an admirer of the Lionel Bart musical "Oliver" - one of THE
best stage musicals that became an impressive film production -
and Fagin's song is very adroitly adopted for these lines.
There would be no need to think it out again if Mrs May had done
her duty and LED according to the mandate she - as prime minister -
had been given. Instead, she treated this historical "once In a lifetime" stay-or-go national vote as some sort of "Deal or No Deal"
political game show. I fear the Tory Party face electoral Armageddon in future elections. The army would call it "self-inflicted


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Becky Who

Sat 6th Apr 2019 13:02

This is fab! I missed the villanelle prompt.

There's actually a few Brexit-themed poetry anthologies putting calls out, you might want to take a look.

jennifer Malden

Fri 5th Apr 2019 21:58

Liked this one - had actually recognised it as a villanelle! Becoming literate? Remember 'reviewing the situation', it's one of my favourite musicals.


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Trevor Alexander

Fri 5th Apr 2019 17:11

Written to the 'official' prompt today. This is a villanelle form, incorporates a line from an external source (Reviewing The Situation from Oliver - line italicised), and it's certainly about opposing views.

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