NaPoWriMo 2021 Day 26

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With the prompt today I was challenged you to write a parody on a poem already written by another poet. I figured go big or go home, so I chose Emily Dickinson and her poem, “Tell all the truth but tell it slant”

Besides being fun, it was a challenge to mirror her tone, rhyme scheme, and form. So friends, tell your lies…and shout them out!

Here is Emily's original (beautiful) version:

Tell all the truth but tell it slant — (1263) 
Tell all the truth but tell it slant —
Success in Circuit lies 
Too bright for our infirm Delight
The Truth's superb surprise 
As Lightning to the Children eased
With explanation kind B
The Truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind —   

--by Emily Dickinson
And here is my parody poem about telling lies. 

Tell all your lies and shout them out —

Tell all your lies and shout them out —
Wearing your crooked smile
We cannot bear the truth, you know
And your tall tales beguile
As light will blind most tender eyes
Deceit will blind the heart
And faults that burn fiery and fierce
Fracture and tear apart —

- A Draft Parody Poem by Carla Jeanne Picklo Jordan

Let me know what you think in the comments below.

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