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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Palinode Explained for NaPoWriMo Day 8

Today's prompt on the NaPoWriMo website was to write a palinode. This is what Wikipedia states about this type of poetry: "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, in which he retracts his earlier statement that the Trojan War was all the fault of Helen."

I was not ready to retract a poem I wrote about in the past, so I wrote a poem about my musings about what a palinode is and what its purpose might be. That is not to say that everything we think, feel or express has good consequences, nor does it say we don't make mistakes. I simply wonder about how one undoes an action or feeling.

Did you know that in poetry
a type exists that sets you free
this thing is called a palinode
it is a redirected ode.

What was expressed priorly
in the form of poetry
a palinode takes back this speech
perhaps to avoid a reader breech?

It makes me think: Can one really feel
the opposite of what seemed real
at one particular point in life
just to avoid a big old strife.

I do agree we learn new ways
of what happens in our days
that's how we enlighten as well grow
avoid stagnancy, go with the flow.

Mistakes we make in humanity
to admit them speaks of decency
yet words, once put down or spoken out
caused a reaction, without doubt.

This moment in time can't be erased
even when old words are replaced
the effect has already been caused
history nor present cannot be paused.

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