Written for: dVerse Poets Pub (posted by Grace)
Meeting The Bar: Palinode
"A palinode or palinody is an ode or song that retracts or recants a view or sentiment to what the poet wrote in a previous poem."
In 1895, Gelett Burgess wrote his famous poem, the Purple Cow:
I never saw a purple cow.
I never hope to see one.
But I can tell you anyhow
I’d rather see than be one.
Later in his life, he followed it with this palinode:
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!
(second palinode to Purple Cow)
I want to see a purple cow
before I die, anyhow.
If that cow does greet with bow
I'll have new friend, I avow.
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