twas on a lofty bed’s side
where all my writing was done,
i tapped away at something of the artful kind
i fixated on the words ahead, one by one
“im almost done!”, a declare is dared
then something went awry
programs are not responding, i rub my beard
still I watched the screen intent
i prayed oh please don’t let this be
and then as if my prayer wasn’t sent
my screen went blank…all I hear is “hee hee”
It’s day 24 of NaPoWriMo and we have two new prompts, one being to write a satire or a parody of a poem that you like or don’t like and the other being to write a poem about a moment. I’ve combined mine, each of which highlight a moment that I have parodied. I chose short poems and excerpts since satirizing or doing a parody of something longer was exhausting and not too fun, quite honestly.
I used William Carlos Williams and Thomas Gray for my parodies and it was really fun to change these up to have a totally different meaning. I wonder if they and everyone else who’s work we are playing with would be offended… 🙂
I think it’s a great exercise in that you need to become very familiar with the poem that you are either satirizing or doing a parody of. You become a better student of forms, style, devices, etc and ultimately become a better writer, yourself. Well, at least that’s the hope!
I really do hope you all has as good a time as I did with the challenge for the day!
suzette haden elgin
The multi-talented Elgin, grandmother of 10, holds a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of California, San Diego and has written numerous poems, short stories, songs and serial novels. She is author of the poetry guide The Science Fiction Poetry Handbook and inventor the language Láadan, which was used in her bookNative Tongue. She’s also an accomplished visual artist and musician.
Elgin has worked hard over her career to bring literary credibility to the genre of science fiction poetry, to create meaningful definitions for the term and to encourage science fiction poets to apply high standards to their work.
Elgin is also a strong believer in science fiction writing as a powerful tool for women and stated in a 1999 interview with Kim Wells, “Women need to realize that SF is the only genre of literature in which it’s possible for a writer to explore the question of what this world would be like if you could get rid of [X], where [X] is filled in with any of the multitude of real world facts that constrain and oppress women. Women need to treasure and support science fiction.”
Many of her works use science fiction to explore themes of women’s personal transformation. Elgin’s poetry avoids the clichéd realm of space wars and time travel and instead uses science fiction as a springboard for exploring the vast potential of culture and society. Read more here and here.
far away, on the silent deserts,
you can hear the singing of the lizards.
One creeps beneath a rock and shivers with joy.
So long as they sing in the purple desert light,
so long as they stay small,
they are bearable creatures.
Were one to see them large,
howling against a sky snagged by a raw moon,
the holy men of the sands would see the people
going out in the dead of night with their flasks of poisons
into the dens of the lizards,
destroying them utterly.
In order to reach the other side,
in order to pass the Window by,
she must see them large,
rampant, their claws covered with dung,
pierced by the spiny plants they skitter among;
she must know them for what they are.