A Villanelle for Children*

by Meatball Brown

DO not as I've done, but do as I say,
Follow my words, to dodge parent's ire,
I promise your life will be easier my way.

On no occasion fill the bathtub with clay,
or string 'cross the driveway clothesline or wire,
Do not as I've done, but do as I say.

When your mother says, ''now,'' don't hit replay,
And your sister's pet hamster will die in the dryer,
I promise your life will be easier my way.

Not even for money eat from an ashtray,
Four golf umbrellas is an ill-thought stunt flier,
Do not as I've done, but do as I say.

There's worse than suspended for stealing teacher's toupee,
And dark fields at night often conceal barbed wire,
I promise your life will be easier my way.

If I stop this car, there's sure hell to pay,
and you're out of the frying pan, into the fire
Do not as I've done, but do as I say.
I promise your life will be easier my way.


*Second prize, asinine poetry literary contest, fall 2002

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