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.

written 4/8/15 for



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.


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

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

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


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