It’s Not Worth Fighting For

This crazy world is not worth fighting for
Our struggles are rewarded with more pain
Why would we want another pointless war?

Our strength is slipping out an open door
Disease has entered both our heart and brain
This crazy world is not worth fighting for

Survival never was this hard before
Ideas come, but are they even sane?
Why would we want another pointless war?

Is there some shelter on a distant shore?
If peace can come, then let it always reign
This crazy world is not worth fighting for

All sides are losing with a zero score
When we compete, more stress is what we gain
Why would we want another pointless war?

When guilt and fear are gone, as long before
Our love will shine with joy we cannot feign
This crazy world is not worth fighting for
Why would we want another pointless war?


This poem is based on a specific form called the villanelle. The villanelle has the following structure: A1bA2 abA1 abA2 abA1 abA2 abA1A2, where the letters “a” and “b” show that there are only two rhyme sounds in the poem; the upper case letter “A” represent the refrains; and the numbers 1 and 2 represent refrain 1 and refrain 2. The two refrains have the same rhyming sound at the end but they are different phrases, so they are indicated with the numbers 1 and 2.