IN-FORM POET WEDNESDAY – PARODY

Simply put, a parody poem is one that pokes fun at another poem or poet. It could “mock” a song lyric (which is basically musical poetry). It can draw inspiration to answer another work. Everything is fair game; the more irreverent, the funnier (or more pointed) it will be.

MARIE ELENA’S PARODY:

O Christmas Tree (A Parody, and Ode to De)

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree
One lonely gift beneath thee
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree
One lonely gift beneath thee
What’s this?  The tag says it’s for me!
Let’s open it, so I may see
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree
This lonely gift beneath thee!
 

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree
Your gift is not so lonely!
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree
Your gift is not so lonely!
The finest gift, I do decree!
Beneath your boughs, a Pair-O-De!
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree
Your gift is not so lonely!
 

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree
However can I thank thee?
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree
However can I thank thee?
Eternal muse, my Pair-O-De!
I’ll pen no longer hopelessly!
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree
However can I thank thee?

(Dedicated to a poet my muse is unflatteringly jealous of: De Miller Jackson)

 

WALT’S PARODY:

WHERE MY POEMS BEGIN

Here in my head where my thoughts converge
and before my writing urge,
and before ideas incubate and hatch,
and where rhyme grows as wild as thatch,
and I toss my words around to make them match
to come together in some lively dirge.

I’ll remain here seated where my laptop is
and my thesaurus, dog-eared and worn,
near my waste bin where my scraps of failure fall,
I will write with a purpose that is prompted and metered,
and watch my “epoch” start to grow,
In this place where my poems begin.

Of course, I will write with a purpose that is prompted and metered,
and watch this wordy ditty grow,
for Marie will read it, and Marie will know
where my poems begin.

***Dedicated to Marie Elena for her staunch support, based on “Where the Sidewalk Ends” by Shel Silverstein, her favorite poet (one of ‘em anyway).***

From Marie Elena: Thanks Walt! I remember this! How cool that 3 of the poets I admire most are right here in this post. 😉