NaPoWriMo Day 24: “Lord Leviathan”

Happy Friday! Last happy Friday of National Poetry Writing Month. Alas. (I love that word)

Today’s prompt: write a parody of an existing poem. Yes, it sounds like fun, but I am a firm believer of the sentence “Good comedy is harder to write than good drama.” Or at least I don’t consider myself to be very good at it (Disagree? You’re too kind)

For this daunting task, I chose, for no particular reason, Sylvia Plath’s Lady Lazarus – and made things much harder than they had to be (although I didn’t use the whole thing). And it’s not even funny.

Lord Leviathan

I have done it again.
One time in every ten
I manage it——

A sort of walking miracle, my grin
Wide as a Russian mobster,
My right hand

A handcuff,
My suit a featureless, fine
Italian silk.

Peel away the niceties
O my enemy.
Do I terrify?——

The oil, the email servers, the full set of industries?
The guilty conscience
Will vanish in a day.

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