Villanelle Nr.19 — Woke

I deal with ‘PC’ by being pragmatic        
though taxed to the limit by those who are “woke”    
(the phrasing I’ve used is deemed ‘problematic’)    
My temperament’s simple and rather phlegmatic    
I’m honest and artful, an ordinary bloke;    
I deal with ‘PC’ by being pragmatic    
I wish not be crude or melodramatic    
but merely to question and tell a good joke —    
(intention referred to is deemed ‘problematic’)    
They’re trying, I’m sure, to be diplomatic    
awaken my conscience to how I just spoke …    
I deal with ‘PC’ by being pragmatic    
“Woke” folk, one concludes, are not charismatic    
for talk is all fraught with mirrors and smoke —    
(the cliché I’ve used is deemed ‘problematic’)    
And walking around with a cross that’s stigmatic    
they’re squeezing your meaning, making you choke …    
I deal with ‘PC’ by being pragmatic    
The trouble with “woke”? It’s synallagmatic*    
provoking enquirers to have a keen poke …    
(this testing suggestion is deemed ‘problematic’)    
and then conversation becomes quite traumatic    
as language is shredded, transformed at a stroke —    
I deal with ‘PC’ by being pragmatic    
Insisting they’re right, and coolly dogmatic    
“woke” is a mindset I’d like to revoke:    
(the word I have chosen is deemed ‘problematic’)    
What’s finally left is a mess that’s schismatic    
and fun interaction is skewered and broke —    
I deal with ‘PC’ by being pragmatic,    
(my grammar is lacking and deemed ‘problematic’).
Written by Josh (Joshua Bond)
Published | Edited 24th Jan 2023
Author's Note
(1).Comp entry for "Rhyme time", hosted by runaway-mindtrain.
* synallagmatic: imposing reciprocal relations (eg: contract of sale or hire, in which each party is bound to provide something for the other).
Jonathan Pie on "woke' --
(2).This is an 'extended' villanelle, with nine 3-line stanzas, instead of the usual only five.

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