FORTUNE’S LYING EYES — a villanelle

10 Apr

Villanelle, published in World Haiku Review, Spring-Summer 2005.

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Look fortune squarely in its lying eyes.
The windfall rarely proves to be of worth.
When it’s so cheaply won, how poor the prize!

Remember, fools fondly mythologize;
there’s nothing in the star signs at your birth.
Look fortune squarely in its lying eyes.

To reach an unsought goal, logic defies
and doing so should be a cause for mirth.
When it’s so cheaply won, how poor the prize!

Unlooked for wealth, all common sense belies
and unearned gain is best known by its dearth.
Look fortune squarely in its lying eyes.

To grasping blindness, thoughtless greed gives rise.
What’s too good to be true, give a wide berth.
When it’s so cheaply won, how poor the prize!

What you have not earned, learn to despise.
So long as you walk upright on this earth,
look fortune squarely in its lying eyes.
When it’s so cheaply won, how poor the prize!

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