Oviellejo #4

Heaven Help us all 2

like mercury colliding...

US Mass Shootings, 1982-2019: Data From Mother Jones’ Investigation

oh what a tangled mess we’ve weaved
now a nation grieves

we offer prayers, while asking why
to an empty sky

raining terror down on our heads
as we count the dead

we’ll blame some other foe instead
of looking at our own dark hearts
admitting that we played a part
now a nation grieves to an empty sky as we count the dead


The Oviellejo is an Old Spanish verse form (derived from ovillo, a ball of yarn). A stanza consists of 10 lines, with a rhyme scheme of AABBCCCDDC. The second line of each rhyme scheme, Line 2,4,6, is short line of up to 5 syllables. The last line is a “redondilla,” a “little round” that collects all three of the short lines.

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21 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Brenda Davis Harsham
    Aug 04, 2019 @ 19:16:39

    So sad that politicians do nothing to remove guns from circulation.


  2. Kat Myrman
    Aug 04, 2019 @ 19:59:03

    Thank you for the reblog Willow. This is all so sad. By the middle of the week everyone will have moved on from this latest tragedy…to the next bit of news for the day 😢


  3. Dale
    Aug 06, 2019 @ 03:02:50

    Well done, Kat!
    And thanks for sharing this, Willow.
    They can’t do a damn thing until the NRA loses some of its power. And that ain’t gonna happen any time soon,


  4. Betty Hayes Albright
    Aug 07, 2019 @ 19:40:05

    It’s unbelievable, the state of things now…. Not safe to be out in public anymore. 😣💔


    • willowdot21
      Aug 07, 2019 @ 19:41:25

      No indeed the world is evil 💜💜💜


      • Betty Hayes Albright
        Aug 07, 2019 @ 19:58:29

        I think the evil among us is in the minority but unfortunately it’s in the hands of the rich and powerful who then influence the non-thinkers and incite violence. T. is like a cult leader here with followers who will do anything he says. It’s surreal….

      • willowdot21
        Aug 07, 2019 @ 20:01:31

        Yes, it always amazes me that evil holds so much sway especially as you say it is the minority. As for T he is really bad news ! It’s unbelievable that he holds so much power over the masses? 💜

      • Betty Hayes Albright
        Aug 07, 2019 @ 20:06:43

        Believe it or not, it’s only a minority who support him. The only reason he won the last election was because of election tampering and cheating on all levels. He continues to invite foreign help and I fear he’ll win again – even though the majority can’t stand him. Our democracy is being corrupted. 😟

      • willowdot21
        Aug 07, 2019 @ 20:10:22

        It’s scandalous really and like you I fear he will win again, he is curreupt and nothing bad sticks to him he seems to shrug it all off ?

      • Betty Hayes Albright
        Aug 07, 2019 @ 20:24:21

        Yes, he has his loyal cronies catering to him and protecting him. And the Republican party is afraid to stand up to him, afraid he’ll tweet lies about them (which he always does to anyone not agreeing with him). It’s unbelievable.

      • willowdot21
        Aug 07, 2019 @ 21:48:24

        He is like a petulant child who no one dates to stand up to !

      • Betty Hayes Albright
        Aug 07, 2019 @ 22:00:55


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