NaPoWriMo Day 8 – Actually – A Palinode Poem

Due to my work load and emotional state, I initially decided not to participate in NaPoWriMo this year. My love of poetry is pulling me in though so I will go gently into this good night with this selection.

For the 30 Poems in 30 Days challenge, today’s task is to create a palinode, an ode in which the writer retracts a view or sentiment expressed in an earlier poem.

The poem I’ve decided to hack is How Do I Regard Thee, a ditty that explores some sweet passion being expressed.



My regard for you has waned

My love, blocked like arteries

Passion dried up like prunes

Your hold on my heart has slowly led to my ruin


I now hate that I love you

I abhor your sensuality

Loathe your slick charm and subtle sensitivity


You annoy me

Get under my skin

Irritate my brain cells

Destroy me from within


I quit you on many occasions

But just like monthly bills you always return

How cocky

Arrogant and snide

Can you not discern?


I broke up with you

You’re dismissed. Begone!

Stop whispering in my ear like a Michael Franks song


If you refuse to leave I’ll make your life hell

Wake you up at all hours

Our partnership will become a cliché

Packaged in hyperbole

Dipped in a circuitous shell


I know how you hate that

You love impeccability

We’ll see how long you’ll stick around

When I wax prolixity

incessantly, consistently, continually and habitually


We’ll see

Yes, we’ll see


To Be Continued…

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Apr 9, 2015 | Posted by in Blog, Poetry | 4 comments

Comments (4 Responses)

  1. peace!! i like!! 🙂

  2. Oh yes, good! And now I’ll try this one myself. You’ve inspired me, thanks Tameka 🙂

    • TamekaMullins says:

      Hi Moira! Yes, please do. I can’t wait to read it. You’re quite welcome!

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