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Villanelle: the Microwaved Pie

August 11, 2020

Today I bought myself a salt-beef bagel for lunch (or should that be beigel? – See https://brandonrobshawtheenglishlanguage.com/2013/04/28/beigel-or-bagel/ ). Conceive my horror when the fellow in the shop shoved it into a microwave oven. No! But it was too late to protest; the deed was done, and the bagel, or beigel, became all spongy and steamy and weirdly, persistently, unnaturally, savagely hot. A curse on microwaves! I thought readers might appreciate a villanelle I wrote on this subject some time ago. It’s about a pie rather than a bagel/beigel, but the principle is the same.

Villanelle: The Microwaved Pie

It won’t give up without a fight

It radiates a furious heat –

Dare I take another bite?

I think no pie should have the right

To be too blazing hot to eat;

It won’t give up without a fight.

It’s like a tiger – burning bright;

I think this pie has got me beat.

Dare I take another bite?

This pie has given me a fright –

This pie of overheated meat.

It won’t give up without a fight.

And will it cool ere falls the night?

I thought this pie would be a treat.

Dare I take another bite?

This pie is full of rage and spite:

I think I’m facing my defeat.

It won’t give up without a fight;

Dare I take another bite?

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