Day 8 of NaPoWriMo.  The prompt was to write a palinode.  A Palinode is a “poem in which the poet retracts a statement made in an earlier poem.”  Did not have much time today other than to pen a reversal of a pantun I had penned couple of years ago.


Scarce nutrients, no rain and intense sunshine

The pink blooms on magnolia trees already seemed spent

I gaze out into the dry fields of caked brine

Without wind for the open seas the sails look bent.

The original was Labyrinth, which was inspired by the Pacific Northwest.  So California drought seemed like an appropriate palinode.


Fed on  diet of nutrients, dew drops and sun rays
The pink blooms are resplendent on the magnolia trees
Let me get lost in the labyrinth of your gaze
And pass through the portal to sail the open seas.

Notes: NaPoWriMo 2013 Day 15  prompt was to write a pantun, a Malay form quatrain with an ABAB rhyme. The last 2 lines could make an associative leap from the first 2 lines.