Villanelle Week: A Villanelle about Villarreal

Villarreal, Brayan

Again, as part of Villanelle Week here at NotGraphs, I offer:

A Villanelle about Villarreal

Villarreal shut down till spring
He has an elbow that is sore
Will he help the Tigers get a ring?

He throws it fast, the batters swing
In the pen, just Benoit struck out more
Villarreal shut down till spring

The heat mid-90s he can bring
But he was off the postseason roster before
Will he help the Tigers get a ring?

About his elbow he was complaining
It is inflamed, but nothing tore
Villarreal shut down till spring

They’re gonna have him stop throwing
He has had soreness there before
Will he help the Tigers get a ring?

To the bullpen this will sting
They thought perhaps he’d close the door
Villarreal shut down till spring
Will he help the Tigers get a ring?




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Jeremy Blachman is the author of Anonymous Lawyer, a satirical novel that should make people who didn't go to law school feel good about their life choices. Read more at McSweeney's or elsewhere. He likes e-mail.


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A Villanesque Lament

NotGraphs o’errun with villanelles
Whose potency is plain to see
But none for famous Willie Wells

The poetry of Blachman swells
The baseblog with gallimaufry —
NotGraphs o’errun with villanelles

Each verse a winsome story tells
Reflecting perspicacity
But none for famous Willie Wells

Though some may sulk where dullness dwells
We perpetrate a rhyming spree
NotGraphs o’errun with villanelles

Refrains that ring as silver bells
Are offered to the devotee
But none for famous Willie Wells

Deft poesy foul mood dispels
As will a turn of repartee
NotGraphs o’errun with villanelles
But none for famous Willie Wells

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