Appetite for Deppstruction

a villanelle inspired by the card game Papercuts

“What did Frost eat as he traveled on by?”
Millennials ask, stroking Tolstoy beards.
“What did he eat on the path, on the sly?”

In my mind’s eye, a groom and his corpse bride
carry pies and a Sparrow what’s been sheared
for Frost to eat as he travels on by.

A choc’latier and a Crane bide their time
till libertine and Mister Wolf appear
to teach Bobby how to eat on the sly.

In July, we eat french fries on french rye
and wait for wi-fi to help us make clear
which Frost did eat as he traveled on by.

“Was it pirate, hatter, or Mortdecai?”
we ask as we career through a career
Who did Frost eat on the path, on the sly?”

“Maybe he was eating Gilbert Grape, guys.”
says the prof, and now we all cheer.
“What did Frost eat as he traveled on by?”
Johnny with scissors, in pie, on the sly.”


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