A Villanelle Composed Upon Jennifer Aniston’s Answers To Her May 2001 Vanity Fair Interview, With Catalina Island “Glimmering In the Distance”*

Posted by Lizzie on 01/17/05

This was just very much meant to be.
There was something very familiar about it.
But you just never know. What will be, will be.

I didn’t have a fantasy of what marriage would be like. I had no idea.
I was stunned when I was addressed as Mrs. Pitt.
This was just very much meant to be.

We said, ‘This is going to be a grand experiment. We expose ourselves completely.’
Every question comes out — it’s like, here’s the key, have at it!
But you just never know. What will be, will be.

It’s fun to be home. I’m such a nester, and we’re ridiculous homebodies.
This is only a two-bedroom house, and now we’re spilling out of it.
This was just very much meant to be.

Acting is so much fun I don’t think I could give it up completely.
There are so many things I haven’t explored yet.
But you just never know. What will be, will be.

I couldn’t hate my hair more. It’s just not me.
I’m taking every horse vitamin there is to make it grow faster – blue-green algae.
This was just very much meant to be,
But you never know. What will be, will be.

* Variant tercets that have no place in this poem but serve as proof of my prescience:

1) There’s been a real internal overhaul–about family, work, everything.
I think I’m just starting to feel I can stop apologizing.
Feeling stupid, feeling good enough, feeling inadequate, asking “What am I doing?”

2) Marriage brings up all the things I pushed to the back burner.
God forbid you fall short of dreams, and you’re a failure.
Let them know it’s all bullshit. Just be happy with who you are.

[We wrote this years ago, when we were obsessed with found poems. Somehow, it seemed apropos.]

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