Reena’s Exploration Challenge #138 — Intrepid We Go Forth

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women are players.
They have their entries and exits” — Shakespeare.

 

Who we are is learned behavior.
Reinforced by repetition
Institutions’ sour savor

Us v. Them a favored flavor
Cooked by gluttons’ craved ambition
Who we are is learned behavior.

Taints our sense like toxic vapor
Fairy tales teach with precision
Institutions’ sour savor

Villains slain and who’s in favor
Rulers make the best decisions
Who we are is learned behavior.

Scales askew for misbehavior
Death or cage are poor’s perdition
Institutions’ sour savor

Kings walk free and stroke their sabers
As we yearn for manumission
Who we are is learned behavior.
Break the chains, intrepid sailors!

 

 

I decided to do another villanelle in response to the prompt. Reena, thank you for yet another evocative prompt.

Reena Saxena is the host of Reena’s Exploration Challenge.  Reena says:

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women are players. They have their entries and exits” famously said Shakespeare.

Shakespeare got it all wrong. Life is what we choose, and everything else is just existence.

 

 

17 Comments Add yours

  1. calmkate says:

    very profound, resonates deeply and the format helps!

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  2. Sadje says:

    Wow! Beautifully said Li

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sadje. We need to have courage to break out of those roles.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Reena Saxena says:

    The refrain of ‘who we are is learned behavior’ adds to the depth and intensity. I came across some research on the subject, that ‘self’ is a constructed version of response received from the other world.

    Is my assumption correct then, that whenever I feel misunderstood and think others cannot see the real me… the real me as I perceive it my sense of self?

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Good question!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Reena Saxena says:

    Reblogged this on Reena Saxena and commented:
    Intrepid we go forth ….. a villanelle by Jade Li/Lisa

    Liked by 1 person

  5. The format worked beautifully to reinforce what is being said. It is deep and resonates. ❤️

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Punam ❤

      Liked by 1 person

      1. You are welcome. 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

  6. I had to look up manumission, because I never heard that word before.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I saw it in the word list at rhymezone (a very handy site for finding rhymers and other things for poetry) and it fit, so.

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  7. memadtwo says:

    The kings are running rampant… (k)

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  8. A cry for freedom. I think we’re revisiting the sixties. This reminds me of the 60’s protest songs. Nice one, JadeLi.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much, Len.

      Like

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