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.
I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York.
My goal is to create and share poetry with others
who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve
in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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I like this🙂