Wednesday, April 8, 2015

NaPoWriMo Day Eight: Retraction

When I was young
I believed whatever
I was told

           Reagan was a good president
                  and wanted what was best for me


           If I just worked hard
                  I could have and be whatever I wanted

      
            Everyone was equal
                   If you didn't succeed, then it was your fault

         
            I had no reason to feel bad
                   I was just lazy


             When I was perfect
                      Then I would be good enough.

Now that I am a grown-up person


           I understand privilege and oppression.

           I understand depression.

           I almost believe that I am good enough
                       In all of my imperfection.



heidi
written 4/8/15 for

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Today's challenge is to write a palinode. We are supposed to retract a statement from an earlier poem. (What?! My Precious?) Instead, I took a little license and retracted some of the misconceptions from when I was younger. I think that this one is still incomplete.

6 comments:

  1. I disagree, I think it's perfect and well-written. Excellent.

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  2. I really enjoyed this one. It feels complete to me.

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  3. In some sense we all have to be auto-didacts, eh? Well done.

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