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A Rondeau Redoublé

The burden is ease; the yoke is light.
The cross is to do what you please.
Move past the distinction of wrong vs. right.
Let go your compunction to squeeze.

Look at the sparrows who live in the trees
and the lilies, they’re perfect and white.
Lie in the grass and soak in the breeze.
The burden is ease; the yoke is light.

Perspective is chosen; there is no fight
unless you’ve consented to freeze
in the shadow of someone less bright.
The cross is to do what you please.

Ignore the temptation to catch my disease
and hold your wellbeing upright!
Erect is the stance of the birds and the bees.
Move past the distinction of wrong vs. right.

You’ll have to excuse me if you’ve got a fright
and think I’m your answer—oh, puh-leease!
No more a seducer or lord of the night,
let go your compunction to squeeze

unless it’s a mutual hug. I’ve the keys
to my castle, a beautiful knight;
I don’t bother with doldrums or fleas.
Now that I know everything is all right,
the burden is ease.

~~~

© Elaine Stirling, 2014
Image of Bristol Palace Hotel, Genoa,
Italy, photographed by author