Villanelle of the elusive John Gissing

 

 

By W.M. Achrya

 

 

 

Elusive like a shy gazelle

He lets them seek him everywhere:

This is John Gissing’s villanelle.

 

Just like the Scarlet Pimpernel

He mocks pursuit with casual flair,

Elusive like a shy gazelle.

 

Is he in heaven or in hell?

A nun strips to her underwear

To sing John Gissing’s villanelle.

 

The business deal began so well

At once it seems beyond repair,

Elusive like a shy gazelle.

 

Will he the louring clouds dispel?

The Powers-That-Be in despair

Pay for John Gissing’s villanelle.

 

Let’s end this silly bagatelle

By mentioning a certain chair...

Elusive like a shy gazelle

There flees John Gissing’s villanelle!