Villanelle: "Over the Hill and through the Wood"

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  • Dedicated to the world wanderers, the earth explorers

Over the Hill and through the Wood

Oh, wouldn’t it be sweet and good

to go roving far from home,

over the hill and through the wood.

Perhaps discover demons or drudes,

goblin games or pixie nests, lonely gnomes

or unicorns — oh, wouldn't be sweet and good.

Can a witch’s curse be withstood?

Are dim roads safely traveled in dark realms?

I’ll find answers over the hill and through the wood.

If I approach a dragon without falsehood,

he’ll teach secrets locked in ancient tomes—

and once I’ve proved to be sweet and good,

I’ll be gifted with golden apples and silver wood.

Adorned in red cloak, I will bravely roam

over the hill and through the wood.

Why return like a good girl should,

when it’s delightful to be adventuresome.

Oh, wouldn’t it be sweet and good

to go over the hill and through the wood.

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Author's note: The phrase "over the hill and through the wood" (which I originally thought was a Red Riding Hood reference), is taken from the Christmas caroll that begins: "Over the river and through the woods / To Grandmother's house we go. / The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh / Through white and drifted snow."

I never write poetry in rhyme, and I'm not comfortable with the format, so any suggestions on how to smooth out the lines are welcome.

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