Folio

Folio · 2017

Angst

Jessica Downing


A Villanelle of Youthfulness and Rebellion

Three straight lines in a row

hidden between dark

tears of joy: but sorrow flows

with hope—someone might know.

Every episode owns a mark:

three straight lines in a row!

Patience keeps blood, but shows

scars simply stark

as tears of joy and sorrow flow.

Never let the line go

below the second mark

of three straight lines in a row;

always beginning: follow

the patterns, follow the spark

that tears of joy and sorrow might flow.

The razor slowly hits the floor,

but, perhaps, Angels begin to hark

as three straight lines in a row

cause tears of joy and sorrow to flow.


Folio · 2017