NaPoWriMo 2015 – Day 8

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.


Prime Location


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