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A preposterously parodical poem

I have selected writing assignment #1924 to work on today. The prompt requests that we take a famous poem, and parody it. I initially wanted to do a Shel Silverstein poem, because he was my favorite poet when I was a kid (he’s still up there to this day). Unfortunately, I have come to find that it is hard to parody poems about polar bears in refrigerators. I then shifted my focus to the classics, and I settled my sights on ‘Life is Fine’ by Langston Hughes. My version will skew his perceptions of how fine life really is- hence my pen name. Here is a link to the original poem, by Langston Hughes.

My version is about a guy with some terrible luck- paired with some extreme pessimism. Will he make it through life? Find out below.

Life is fine – by Langston Skews

I have been captured by pirates,
They stored me in the brink.
I tried to escape but couldn’t,
So I jumped off the plank.

I came up once and hollered!
I came up twice and cried!
If that water hadn’t a-been so cold
I might’ve sunk and died.

I’m thankful for a turtle,

The one that saved my life.

But it was cold in that water! It was cold!

Once back on my homeland,
Sixteen floors above the ground.
I thought about my pet plant,
I recalled that it had not water,
And thought I would jump down.

I stood there and I hollered!
I stood there and I cried!
If it hadn’t a-been so high
I might’ve jumped and died.

But it was high up there! It was high!

So since I’m still here livin’,
Though my pet plant is deceased,
I guess I will live on.
I could’ve died for love–
But for livin’ I was born

Though you may hear me holler,
And you may see me cry–
I’ll be dogged, sweet baby,
If you gonna see my plant die.

Life is fine! Fine as wine! Life is fine!
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I hope you enjoyed reading my parody! Let me know if you love it or hate it down below.

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2 Comments

  1. Caty Warner January 28, 2019

    This is actually really funny haha. I like how you stayed in character and in theme throughout the poem, what a pleasant clash between old-timey writing and pessimism we experience (and can relate to) today. 5 stars!

  2. Kendall January 31, 2019

    This is very clever! I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and am impressed by your parody skills.

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