Wednesday Writing Prompts: Considering Cliches

by thereisnosurvivorsguide

Without [a Care] in the World

Everything feels so god damn heavy.
But these days the fashionable thing is to think positive
Without a care in the world.

What are we even suggesting?
There are no cares. Forget them. Be free. Live.
Everything feels so god damn heavy.

War? Starvation? That child your neighbor is molesting?
Racism? Lack of equal pay? Throw it all in that sieve:
Without a care in the world.

I care. I cannot help it. And that means the world I see is depressing.
I want to lighten up, think happy, something’s gotta give
Everything feels so god damn heavy.

Share your Prozac, no, there is no sharing
but turn your cheeks, forgive
Without a care in the world.

Can you imagine a world absent caring?
We would just be living in a world without,
Everything feels so god damn heavy–
Without a care in the world.

Prompt:
Choose a cliche to use as the second refrain for your villanelle. By the end of the villanelle, when the refrain repeats, the meaning of the cliche should be changed somehow or considered literally.

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