The Smitten Sestina

My first sestina. Perhaps a little too technical, or not technical enough; I’m not entirely certain. At any rate, it was fun to write. Taking an entire line for the sequencing rather than just the last word was an interesting feat, but I think they make sense and are distinct thoughts nonetheless.

Each verse takes the perspective of  a different man’s inner monologue at the moment of being smitten. An universal story told  in six perspectives. Enjoy.

The Smitten Sestina

Sly Guy – The Guy who has the room’s attention as soon as he walks in
Bitten, badly, broadly by the bidden,
induced by the banter that seeks to lather at her kitten,
smitten, strongly by semantics he had tangled,
wrangled in the abstracts of the dangers they had dangled,
bashful brilliance equivalent to corollaries amplified,
ripped at the heart of the source they had magnified.

Wry Guy – The Guy who tries to have sex in a Horror Movie
Ripped at the heart of the source they had magnified,
Bitten, badly, broadly by the bidden,
bashful brilliance equivalent to corollaries amplified,
induced by the banter that seeks to lather at her kitten,
wrangled in the abstracts of the dangers they had dangled,
smitten, strongly by semantics he had tangled.

Shy Guy – The Guy in Teen Romantic Comedio-Tragedies
Smitten, strongly by semantics he had tangled,
ripped at the heart of the source they’d had magnified,
wrangled in the abstracts of the dangers they had dangled,
bitten, badly, broadly by the bidden,
induced by the banter that seeks to lather at her kitten,
bashful brilliance equivalent to corollaries amplified.

The “Wise” Guy – The Guy that forgoes sex for scientific advancement
Bashful brilliance equivalent to corollaries amplified,
smitten, strongly by semantics he had tangled,
induced by the banter that seeks to lather at her kitten,
ripped at the heart of the source they had magnified,
bitten, badly, broadly by the bidden,
wrangled in the abstracts of the dangers they had dangled.

The Flayed Man – The Guy who likes S&M
Wrangled in the abstracts of the dangers they had dangled,
bashful brilliance equivalent to corollaries amplified,
bitten, badly, broadly by the bidden,
smitten, strongly by semantics he had tangled,
ripped at the heart of the source they’d had magnified,
induced by the banter that seeks to lather at her kitten.

The Eaten Guy – The Guy who gets eaten by that hot lead vampire.
Induced by the banter that seeks to lather at her kitten,
wrangled in the abstracts of the dangers they had dangled,
ripped at the heart of the source they’d had magnified,
bashful brilliance equivalent to corollaries amplified,
smitten, strongly by semantics he had tangled,
bitten, badly, broadly by the bidden.

Envoy – The explanation
Ripped at the heart of the source they had magnified, induced by the banter that seeks to lather at her kitten;
bitten, badly, broadly by the bidden, wrangled in the abstracts of the dangers they had dangled;
bashful brilliance equivalent to corollaries amplified, smitten, strongly by semantics he had tangled.

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