Sunday, February 7, 2016

atheist paradelle #1

sunday noon in the xtian midwest
sunday noon in the xtian midwest
wrong time for atheists out for coffee
wrong time for atheists out for coffee
for midwest the wrong xtian time
atheists coffee sunday for noon out in

the righteous in their best sunday clothes
the righteous in their best sunday clothes
shouting about g.o.d. or the superbowl
shouting about g.o.d. or the superbowl
clothes shouting or the g.d. best o.
in righteous about superbowl or the sunday


worse when they talk intolerant politics
worse when they talk intolerant politics
hatred masquerading as pious virtue
hatred masquerading as pious virtue
virtue worse when they masquerading
politics hatred as intolerant pious talk

Judith Ann Jennings

Note: *A paradelle is a poetic form that started as a joke. Former US Poet Laureate Billy Collins published a poem titled “Paradelle for Susan” footnoted to claim the paradelle was a demanding French form from the 11th century. He later admitted it was a parody of strict forms like the villanelle. His hoax resulted in an anthology published by Red Hen Press in 2006 with an introduction by Collins.
(This information taken almost word for word from Robert Lee Brewer’s column Poetic Asides in the Writers Digest October 2015)

4 comments:

  1. I like the way you mixed up the g.d. and o. in the second verse! And the last line -- politics hatred as intolerant pious talk. It feels like it could have so many meanings.

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  2. Tx for the praise! :)

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  3. I wondered what that was--this paradiddle thingy.

    I like your poem.

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  4. Thank you. I keep meaning to explore Billy Collins. Soon.

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