Poetry Rules and My Evil Spirit

The NaPoWriMo prompt Day 5: Today we’d like to challenge you to write a poem that incorporates at least one of the following: (1) the villanelle form, (2) lines taken from an outside text, and/or (3) phrases that oppose each other in some way. If you can use two elements, great – – –

Or you can do what I do, try and butcher the entire prompt- but I don’t care.

It was fun and I did learn something new- even if I sort of didn’t use it

Tie each word to a line

until they scream and shriek

what I want them too

 

You may bury my body, down by the highway side
So my old evil spirit, can catch a Greyhound bus and ride

 

No misbehaving on this page

unless you are wicked

The way I want you to be

 

You may bury my body, down by the highway side
So my old evil spirit, can catch a Greyhound bus and ride

 

Gravity has laws it must follow

so does baking bread

do what I want on this page, or I’ll erase you from my head

 

You may bury my body, down by the highway side
So my old evil spirit, can catch a Greyhound bus and ride

 

I want you to be

what I say you should be

poems are slaves to the pen so

do what I want on this page, or I’ll erase you from my head

 

You may bury my body, ooh, down by the highway side
So my old evil spirit, can catch a Greyhound bus and ride