Never – by Peter R White

 

I like to think. I can do some things well,
especially when I sit down to write;
but I could never do a villanelle

because it taxes every cerebral cell
to render both refrain and rhythm right.
I like to think I can do some things – well,

perhaps the sonnet’s where I could excel
if that iambic metre weren’t so tight –
but I could never do a villanelle.

And when my novel’s finished, it might sell
enough to make me famous overnight;
I like to think I can do some things well

enough, and would improve if I could spell
sophisticated words like ‘sexpartite’;
but I could never do a villanelle

without descending into doggerel.
Although I must admit I’m not too bright,
I like to think I can do some things well.
But I could never do a villanelle!

 

 

 

Peter R White’s poetry has won prizes and has appeared in 9 anthologies to date. He played a prominent role in the running of the popular Poetry by Heart readings in Headingley, Leeds. The publication of his pamphlet, Ways to Wander (OWF Press, 2015) somehow led to his being seconded as Joint Managing Editor of OWF Press