It Happened Like This


 

(A Villanelle – 10 syllables per line.)

They conquered land before habitations —
Viridiplantae or, simply, plantae.
It was swell: Oxygen fungitations.

Until arthropods assumed their stations
(Or, perhaps, eight-legged crustaceans).
They conquered land before habitations —

Those rude, plated pests swarmed the green nations:
An ever eating, egg laying mess — still,
It was swell: Oxygen fungitations.

Old root fauna demanded cessations;
And, therein, they devised a cunning skill:
They conquered land before habitations —

Placate those fleshy abominations
With sexy flowers and sweet nectar treats.
It was swell: Oxygen fungitations.

The bugs went wild with mushroom gyrations —
Until the Vegans collected their eats….
They conquered land before habitations —
It was swell: Oxygen fungitations.

Copyright (c) 2016 Tom Arnone

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