Class Struggle: A Villanelle by Sterling Warner

 

History endures as struggles of class
Despite declarations assuring change,
Social privilege returns as the years pass.

Leaders’ false promises shatter like glass
They rot in mansions with ring worms and mange,
History endures as struggles of class.

Workers toil in good faith betrayed, alas!
Creating goods and growing crops to exchange,
Social privilege returns as the years pass.

Bankers build mighty vaults with steel and brass
Hoard riches like dragons—fearfully strange,
History endures as struggles of class.

Aristocrats’ clout’s an empty crevasse
Guarded by picket fences on a grange,
Social privilege returns as the years pass.

Revolutions attract soldiers en masse
Each new order cites wrongs to rearrange,
History endures as struggles class
Social privilege returns as the years pass.

©2020 Sterling Warner

 

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A Washington-based author, poet, educator, word-lover, Warner’s works have appeared in dozens of literary magazines, journals, and anthologies such as THE FLATBUSH REVIEW, THE ATHERTON REVIEW. He also has written five volumes of poetry including RAGS & FEATHERS, WITHOUT WHEELS, and EDGES. In retirement, Warner’s working on a collection flash fiction, turning wood, and fishing for salmon.

 

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