This is not a sestina, but the structure was inspired by them. A traditional sestina is written in iambic pentameter, and this is iambic trimeter instead. (For more on sestinas, see What is a Sestina?) This is a fun little poem that just happened when I had a sudden rush of creative juices two days ago.


Please always tell the truth
You have no need to lie
Now one and two and three
The magic of the sleuth
The falsehood that you cry
The sleuth will always see

You thought I did not see
You did not tell the truth
I’ll raise the hue and cry
To show you told a lie
I’ll be the little sleuth
And one and two and three

Now one and two and three
And what is this I see?
The mission of the sleuth
Is to reveal the truth
And to expose the lie
Your falsehood do not cry

You made your mother cry
And one and two and three
When she found out your lie
When all the world did see
You should have told the truth
When speaking to this sleuth

I would not have to sleuth
Your mother would not cry
If you had told the truth
Now one and two and three
I hope that you can see
You should not tell a lie

For when you tell a lie
You shan’t deceive this sleuth
The truth is what I see
No matter how you cry
And one and two and three
Indeed, I see the truth

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