Lear's Villanelle

We'll no more meet, no more see one another,
I am mightily abus'd; I should ev’n die with pity.
The wheel has come full circle, and I’ll be here.

I love you more than words can wield the matter
Dearer than eyesight, space, and liberty,
But we'll no more meet, no more see one another.

Sharp-toothed unkindness like a vulture here,
Trey, Blanch, and Sweetheart: see, they bark at me―
The wheel has come full circle.  I am here.

Mend when thou canst; be better at thy leisure,
Away! I have nothing to do with thee;
Let’s no more meet, no more see one another!

Yet the injuries that folks themselves procure,
We could control them, if you will come to me:
Let the wheel come full circle.  Let’s stay here.

Witness the world that I create thee here,
What, hath your grace no better company?
We’ll no more meet, no more see one another?
Ah, the wheel has come full circle.  I am here.

 
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Peter Blewett teaches Multicultural America for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's English Department.  A former President of Milwaukee Public Schools Board of Directors, Blewett gave up his seat to create a Latinx-majority district for the board. Blewett's greatest work was caring for his wife Mary during her battle with Alzheimers Disease.