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Woke (an extended villanelle)

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’).
Josh
Written by Josh (Joshua Bond)
Published | Edited 11th May 2021
Author's Note
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...
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' -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5TVLEaqqdI
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