Write a retraction poem
And now, without further ado, our prompt (optional as always) for Day Eight: today I challenge you to write a palinode. And what’s that? It’s a poem in which the poet retracts a statement made in an earlier poem. You could take that route or, if you don’t have an actual poetically-expressed statement you want to retract, maybe you could write a poem in which you explain your reasons for changing your mind about something. It could be anything from how you decided that you like anchovies after all to how you decided that annoying girl was actually cool enough that you married her.
I used my starter napowritmo poem The Kind of Farm I had in Mind.
Go south for a farm? You have got to be kidding me!
And as to dogs, I could never tolerate one, let
alone more than one. Messy or not, I’ll not go
so far as to say I’d not mind giving a hand when it comes
to the tiny new arrivals on a farm, just not my farm
because my farm will have been re-deployed
as a vineyard. I’ll exchange those heavy breakfasts
for a hair-of-the-dog-that-bit-me. The excellence
of last evenings’ salad and prawns still tingling
my taste buds. Fine dining on the old farm but finer
by far in my vineyard.
The cottage, in a prime location, sold for more, much
more than I ever could have dreamed of. The climate,
the soil, the accessibility, everything is perfect. Next
door to my old cottage, my vineyard.
Benita H. Kape © 9.4.2015