You’re So Vain, You Probably Think This Poem is About You

I was looking through old files (as per usual) and found this little gem of a villanelle, or what you’d call my younger attempt at one. I don’t remember why I was writing this (there were two versions in my folder), but I can guess that I had Snow White in the back of my mind. I think you’ll get why. 

A Villanelle Written for Ms. Kurzer’s Junior-level AP English class
from September 30, 2003 (I was 15)

Mirror Vainglorious

I am the most intelligent and wise.
My beauty is more luminous than she.
As eyes do see, I see in mirror’s eyes.

My charming shape is delicate in size.
And does he notice? Most every he.
I am the most intelligent and wise

When I smile, do smile’s lips entice?
For I do smile gladly upon thee.
As eyes do see, I see in mirror’s eyes.

My innocence, is innocent of guise.
I have not found seduction of the sea.
I am surely intelligent and wise.

Do I promise you I shall mask my lies?
For lies do seek the guilt, as hearts can be.
As eyes do see, I see in mirror’s eyes.

My lips are those to take for more than twice.
The looking glass is very smart to me.
I am the most intelligent and wise.
As eyes do see, I see in mirror’s eyes.

P.S. New story up in Inspired Mag! Type M for Murder: A Mystery Short in Graphic Design Terms. If you like it, comment on the site.

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