Ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-changes… (Apologies to Bowie)

The Wednesday form prompt will have a slightly different title from here on out. The hyphen is on permanent hiatus. It reflects the teaching (or How-To) aspect of what this spot was intended to do… teach new structured forms of poetry. Here we will “inform” poets of the many forms available for our expression.

The first form of this revamped undertaking, is a revisitation to a form from November 2012. Parodies take many variations. Mel Brooks did wonderful movies that mimicked (and sometimes mocked) horror movies (Young Frankenstein), silent movies (Silent Movie), Alfred Hitchcock (High Anxiety) and the western movies (Blazing Saddles). Take “Weird” Al Yankovic’s body of work in song parody. The man has made a career out of this form quite nicely.

As poets, there are times we are inspired by another poet’s work, or the musings of a classic poet, causing us to use humor and wit to transform our work akin to theirs. 

Choose a poem or a song lyric (musical poetry) that inspires you.

Take note of the style and tonal qualities of your selection. Is there a specified rhyme scheme? Is there a repetition to it? Meter or cadence? A parody will mimic all of these.

The subject of the new poem should be 180° from the original. We’re going for a different poem (based on a tried and true poem or lyric). It should be playful and not of a harsh nature.

Read your poem aloud. Does it remind you of the original work in rhythm and flow. Does it make you chuckle? If so, you’re on the right track.

Let’s write Parody Poems.


Parodies are slotted in the realm of fair use in accordance with the U.S. Supreme Court. This means that written works such as parodies (poems/songs) are considered as commentary or criticism and are protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution. Be mindful that transformative works (parodies) need to change the original work in a substantial enough way as to not be considered plagiarized.



Christmas day,
that’s when Santa Claus comes out to play,
bringing toys that won’t be put away…
I’ll be relieved it’s Boxing Day.

By the tree
all the needles will fall out on me,
sticking to the sap that’s stuck on me,
I’ll be relieved it’s Boxing Day.

Why it had to snow, I’m not sure that I could say,
it just feels all wrong, Christmas’ gone, it’s Boxing Day-yay-yay-yay…

New Year’s Day,
seems more than a week away,
and one full year ’til Christmas Day
so we can relive Boxing Day,
oh I’m relieved it’s Boxing Day!

(c) Copyright 2014 – Walter J Wojtanik

(A parody of the Beatles song, “Yesterday” by Lennon/McCartney)

Another example of a parody poem is presented on my blog, “Through the Eye’s of a Poet’s Heart”, entitled “The Rhyme of the Poet Laureate” which parodies Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”. For the strong hearted, this spans all seven parts of Coleridge’s original.