“Couch potato” is very rude.
That’s not how I’d like to be viewed.
“Conservationist” — you can call me
Because I’m saving energy.





Day Eight: Palinode

Today’s prompt:  write a palinode.  And what’s that? It’s a poem in which the poet retracts a statement made in an earlier poem.  [The word comes from the Greek παλινῳδία from πάλιν (palin, meaning ‘back’) and ᾠδή (“song”); the Latin-derived equivalent “recantation” is an exact calque (re- meaning ‘again’ and cant- meaning ‘sing’).]

NOTE:  I cheated.  Big time.  I don’t have a poem of my own which was “recantable” so I decided to use a poem written by someone else.  I chose Edna St Vincent Millay’s:

My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends—
It gives a lovely light.