Villanelle for Ben Carson (for a challenge issued by John Darnielle)

The pyramids were built for storing grain.

And Burr shot Martha Washington in spite.

So Ben, who is a genius, maintains.

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Gamergaters? Sweethearts, in the main.

T. Rexes roam Schenectady at night.

The pyramids were built for storing grain.

***

Luxembourg’s a lovely part of Spain.

Ali got knocked out in the Liston fight.

So Ben, who is a genius, maintains.

***

King Lear was jumped by trees at Dunsinane.

Wilbur and Orville used a giant kite.

The pyramids were built for storing grain.

***

Leeches work just great for sinus pain.

Death caps? Super tasty! Try a bite!

So Ben, who is a genius, maintains.

***

Acknowledged experts? Phooey–Ben disdains.

Everything you thought you knew? Not right.

So Ben, who is a genius, maintains.

The pyramids were built for storing grain.

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