⏳NaPoWriMo 🫖April 🌱2023🌺Day 30

#NaPoWriMo #April #2023

And now for our last prompt of the year (still optional!) Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a palinode – a poem in which you retract a view or sentiment expressed in an earlier poem. For example, you might pick a poem you drafted earlier in the month and write a poem that contradicts or troubles it. This could be an interesting way to start working on a series of related poems. Alternatively, you could play around with the idea of a palinode by writing a poem in which the speaker says something like “I take it back” or otherwise abandons a prior position within the single poem.

Happy writing!
❤️❤️I want to thank, Maureen Thorson for all her hard work in presenting this 20th year of prompts, chosen poems and interesting poetry books, podcasts and poetry websites! Without further ado, it would be rude not to follow the last prompt, so here is my attempt at a palinode❤️❤️
(A Skeltonic poem)

I used to believe completely in romantic love.
A stolen look, the brush of a hand, a dropped glove,
Love poetry penned about a white dove.
I read it in all those books, heavens above!

A dozen red roses were delivered to my door.
I thought it had come at last, romance galore.
Dressing up for dates, meals out, trips to the shore.
Heart beating fast, whirled round the dance floor.

Ah! but how soon it had its romantic run.
Not even living under a hot Spanish sun.
With a wonderful lifestyle, it was soon all done.
A bowl of cacti replaced the roses, love undone.

Now I am in my third age there is no chance
Of love, I have learned my lesson, now I glance
At single men my age, and look at them askance.
Only interested in sports tv, and beer, not romance.

I used to believe in romantic love-no more.
I prefer the love I share with my cats, they never bore.
They make me laugh, they cuddle me, and adore.
To hell with romantic love, it would be nothing but a chore.

©🦊VixenOfVerse, 2023