Villanelle of the Elect / Jesse Keith Butler
So Jacob was loved, and Esau was hated.
It seems like a bit of an uneven deal.
You won’t stop creating this world you’ve created.
If Esau had hope it was quickly deflated.
The subtle supplanter had him by the heel.
But Jacob was loved, and Esau was hated.
Outside of the city, with heaven ungated
and rungs reaching down, Jacob glimpsed what was real—
you still were creating this world you’d created.
Poor Esau found Jacob’s thin soup overrated,
when robbed of his birthright for one meatless meal.
Yet Jacob was loved, and Esau was hated.
You grappled with Jacob. He grunted and grated
while you danced, delighted to meet with such zeal
as you kept creating this world you’d created.
There’s purpose in life but the path isn’t fated.
you unspool these urgings we don’t even feel.
And Jacob was loved. And Esau was hated.
You keep on creating this world you’ve created.
Villanelle of the Elect: Copyright 2022 by Jesse Keith Butler. All rights reserved.