Villanelle: Martin-Pêcheur, the Fisher King


Villanelle : Martin-Pêcheur*, the Fisher King     
 
Walk not dark alleys nor the dim-lit lane
   Darkless suns lighten not the skin in vain
Cry not « Help ! » « Help ! » lest you be thought insane
 
Stand not your ground  in the land guns profane
   Hark ! the voice struggling through ageless pain
Walk not dark alleys nor the dim-lit lane
 
Think not who will keep vigil high on vane
   Winds echo myriad voices with rain
Cry not « Help ! » « Help ! » lest you be thought insane
 
Seek not to proclaim your forefathers’ bane
   Your pathetic looks of sufferance contain
Walk not dark alleys nor the dim-lit lane
 
Your life you bartered for a head sans mane
   Who thought well he had everything to gain
Cry not « Help ! » « Help ! » lest you be thought insane
 
Towards which Red Star* must spirit emplane
   When your King his son wishes you ordain
Walk not dark alleys nor the dim-lit lane
Cry not « Help ! » « Help ! » lest you be thought insane
 
·     *Martin-Pêcheur : French for « kingfisher » ; here the Fisher King

* Red Star : Red dwarfs in our Milky Way where some 60 billion planets circulating them
       could likely support life.

© T. Wignesan – Paris, 2013

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