The Last Temptation of Xena (Villanelle)

Originally published in 2010.
Republished at Sharonda.net on March 17th, 2017.

Lay down your sword and let me in your soul.
Abandon, now, your guilt and warrior’s way,
Then peace will come, and you will be made whole.

Surrender unto me this one control:
That no more will you Caesar try to slay.
Lay down your sword and let me in your soul.

Oh, crucifixion takes a heavy toll!
Give up your war, for love, this very day!
Then peace will come, and you will be made whole.

Just let my master pursue this one goal,
Or on that big ol’ cross, you both will sway,
Lay down your sword and let me in your soul.

Celesta’s touch comes cold upon the knoll.
Refuse to lead your love further astray!
Then peace will come, and you will be made whole.

Give back the bard the innocence you stole,
Or on your weary conscience it will weigh.
Lay down your sword and let me in your soul,
Then peace will come, and you will be made whole.