National Poetry Writing Month – Day 14
And now for our (optional) daily prompt. Hopefully, this one will provide you with a bit of Friday fun. Today, I challenge you to write a parody or satire based on a famous poem. It can be long or short, rhymed or not. But take a favorite (or unfavorite) poem of the past, and see if you can’t re-write it on humorous, mocking, or sharp-witted lines. You can use your poem to make fun of the original (in the vein of a parody), or turn the form and manner of the original into a vehicle for making points about something else (more of a satire – though the dividing lines get rather confused and thin at times).
nota bene: I set out to mock “Trees” by Joyce Kilmer, and then went a completely different direction.
“I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.”
Always found this poem
Until I learned
Is a man
And was killed
Now, I ache for a man
I never knew
And love his
Poems are made by fools like me,
May our memories be a blessing.