Trisha Lord

Lucifer’s villanelle

It’s damned suspicious if you ask me –
known through all the ages:
the sneaky snake and that apple tree.

The Devil is dramatic, sartorially
And his first chapter repeats on all pages:
It’s damned suspicious if you ask me!

Fear’s more sophisticated. It’s plain to see
it’s pleasure that pays sin’s wages.
The sneaky snake and that apple tree.

Gold medals for religion, I’ve got three:
Not tickets to freedom – just cages – 
It’s damned suspicious if you ask me.

Blonde, blue-eyed Arab?  That can’t be!
What’s in the shadow of these images?
The sneaky snake and that apple tree.

I’m fumbling and stumbling towards being free,
There’s a need in me that rages.
But it’s damned suspicious if you ask me –
The sneaky snake and that apple tree.
 

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