This week, I was tasked with writing a Villanelle. To describe such a thing, let us turn to our favorite, most reliable internet source, Wikipedia!

A villanelle (also known as villanesque) is a nineteen-line poetic form consisting of five tercets followed by a quatrain. There are two refrains and two repeating rhymes, with the first and third line of the first tercet repeated alternately until the last stanza, which includes both repeated lines.

My inspiration came from a very odd source… Divorce Court. You see, a long time ago I was watching a very cute couple on DC that were clearly having communication problems. The judge looked at how in love the lady was with her husband and said to him, “You see that? You see her face? She thinks you hung the moon!” And I thought that was the cutest thing I ever heard. And so, with that, here is what I imagined their story to be if it were to be told in a villanelle.

Love in June

She thinks he hung the moon.

A princess with her shining knight

In love, she fell, with him so soon.


As he proclaimed her beautiful, she swoons.

He stands in black; she walks in white

She thinks he hung the moon.


Pinot grigio in crystal poured by noon;

He reads to her in the yellow sunlight –

In love, she fell, with him so soon.


By night, he has her wrapped in a cocoon

Fire ablaze, she clenches his arms so tight

She thinks he hung the moon.


By morning, it’s their honeymoon

He kisses her hard with all his might

In love, she fell, with him so soon.


And then, by the end of June,

Inside her something stirs, a delight

She knows he hung the moon,

In love, she fell, strongly with him so soon.

Thanks for reading!