I Recant

Today’s poetry challenge at dVerse is to write a palinode. As host Grace explains:

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...

The writing challenge is to write a palinode. This can be in relation to a poem you have written before (please link or include prior poem)...

My prior poem, which I posted on April 13 of this year is Spring Reveal:

Whose legs these are I think I know;

Encased in jeans all winter, though.

Today I’ll shave, first time this year!

The spring reveal: legs white as snow.

And the palinode:

These legs of mine I will not show

Although it’s spring, it’s way too cold.

I’ll not yet shave as legs with hair

Are warmer than when they are bare.

About Maggie C

Stained glass artist, writer, respecter of life.
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29 Responses to I Recant

  1. I do love the response… you are not the only one writing about spring weather and how it changes… but I never thought about shaving legs (as very few men does)

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  2. rogblog666 says:

    as a husband and a dad this hits the spot as i am fed up of rinsing the bath after either of the women in my house. let them legs stay hairy

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  3. Hahhha!! Cracks me up!

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  4. Ron. says:

    Wait…what? Shave legs? Whodathunkit?

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  5. This is a fun argument with one’s self. Spring is really a struggle of choices regarding being too cold or too warm, it’s rarely just right.

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  6. msjadeli says:

    I got a charge out of this. Deftly flipped the script on the first poem.

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  7. Lucy says:

    Ahhh, I feel this too much!

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  8. sanaarizvi says:

    A fantastic Palinode 😀 you capture the mood of one awaiting warmer days while dealing with matters like ‘to shave or not to shave,’ .. I say we roll with the punches.

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  9. Masa says:

    I laughed, and I think that was the goal, so well done, well done all.

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  10. lynn__ says:

    Thanks for the laugh…my sentiments exactly!

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  11. Grace says:

    I love this one and gave me a smile. I think I forgot all about this and now I must remember to do so. Good one.

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  12. kim881 says:

    I identify with both poems, Maggie. I’ve so been looking forward to some warm air on my porcelain legs, but it’s still so cold. I love the original, with its nod to ‘Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening’, and the recant made me smile, especially:
    ‘I’ll not yet shave as legs with hair
    Are warmer than when they are bare.’

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  13. Ingrid says:

    Oh, this was so much fun, and gave me a laugh! One consolation of bad weather: we don’t have to worry too much about shaving our legs!

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  14. writingwhatnots says:

    That made me chuckle – thank you 🙂

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