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Tony Thomas was born in England in 1939, and is a retired bureaucrat living in Brisbane, Australia. He has an Australian wife, two adult daughters, a dog and a cat. He holds a degree in economics from the University of Queensland. His interests are catholic, and include: writing fiction, poetry, and political diatribes to the newspapers. Other abiding interests include political and social philosophy, with occasional forays into logic and the foundations of mathematics. His politics are left wing anarchism, but his activities are restricted to the pen rather than the sword. Tony is actually a well known poet, writer, mathematician and logician of some stature, though he modestly complains that on the contrary, he is not only obscure - but unknown, and should probably be described as such. On this website his prose pieces and poems attract an increasing number of regular readers - so I reckon he is wrong for once - enjoy. ( Editor.)

                     by Tony Thomas.

Don’t listen to the Welshman’s villanelle,
It could sap your fertilising powers,
Although we know it’s written very well.

Even Americans say they think it swell,
And suggests the fall of golden showers;
Don’t listen to the Welshman’s villanelle.

This poem short in length will cast its spell,
And bring about the fall of faulty towers,
Although we know it’s written very well.

Don’t invite the Welshman to your hotel,
Lest crying into his beer he glowers;
Don’t listen to the Welshman’s villanelle

All night he’ll rage and scream like Hell,
Giving ladies leeks instead of flowers,
Although we know it’s written very well.

With bulbous nose and rounded bum he’ll yell,
Until every one around him cowers,
Don’t listen to the Welshman’s villanelle,
Although we know it’s written very well.

villanelle  ,vi-lu'nel

  1. A poem written in tercets with but two rhymes, the first and third verse of the first stanza alternating as the third verse in each successive stanza andforming a couplet at the close