NaPoWriMo 2011 Poems and Prompts for April 4, 2011 4/30April 4, 2011
It’s NaPoWriMo Day 4 We’re writing a poem every day for 30 days to celebrate National Poetry Month and to challenge ourselves to be creative and just have fun achieving this goal. You don’t have to follow a prompt or create a prompt, but that can add to the challenge.
Today’s prompt is to write about a bird in a unique way.
Today’s FORM challenge is to do a palinode or palinody which is an ode in which the writer retracts a view or sentiment expressed in an earlier poem. (See below for more on this)
Blue Coffee Can With apologies to William Carlos Williams
It wasn’t a red wheelbarrow but a coffee can
And I ate the white chicken
with peas; green
No Bird came down the walk With apologies to Emily Dickinson
No bird came down the walk
I could not see outside
It was night, there was no moon
My shades were drawn, I simply lied
I like the phrase of drinking dew
From the convenient grass
But I saw no bird hop sideways
To let a beetle pass
I stayed shut up in my room
Offering no bird, no crumb
Imagining pretty fluttering butterflies
So my life would be less numb.
© 2011 Chris Jarmick
BY Teresa Wreck Within with Apologies to Robert Louis Stevenson
Under the narrow star-eyed sky
Open the doors and let me fly
Sadly did I live and almost die
But I slapped my face with will
This be the rhyme you scribe for me
There she flies, where she longed to be
Away from death, home by the sea
And left the hunter’s knife still.
© 2011 Teresa Jarmick
A palinode or palinody is an ode in which the writer retracts a view or sentiment expressed in an earlier poem. The first recorded use of a palinode is in a poem by Stesichorus in the 7th century BC. Here he retracts his earlier statement that the Trojan War was all the fault of Helen.
The word comes from the Greek παλιν (“palin”, meaning ‘again’) and ωδη (“song”); the Latin equivalent “recantation” is an exact calque (“re-” meaning ‘again’ and “cant-” meaning ‘sing’).
It can also be a recantation of a defamatory statement in Scots Law.
Chaucer’s Retraction is one example of a palinode.
Late in his life, Gelett Burgess wrote this of his famous “Purple Cow”:
Ah, yes! I wrote the purple cow,
I’m sorry now I wrote it!
But I can tell you anyhow,
I’ll kill you if you quote it!
Remember you can start writing a poem a day today. You don’t have to catch up… you just begin and do it the rest of the month (or you can do a few extra if you like too).
You can use this prompt for tomorrow’s poem too if you like.
Poetry is Everything.