Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Paradelle for the Masses, Erika Moss Gordon

PARADELLE FOR THE MASSES

We, the ninety nine percent!
We, the ninety nine percent!
shouting to one and all.
shouting to one and all.
And the one percent,
all shouting to we ninety nine.

In the Middle East, a fight for freedom.
In the Middle East a fight for freedom
from beneath dictators paid for by the United States.
From beneath dictators paid for by the United States.
A fight for freedom from beneath dictators
in the United States, paid for by the Middle East.

We drive the cars, they drink the gas.
We drive the cars, they drink the gas.
Too much on this earth, and the ice is melting.
Too much on this earth, and the ice is melting.
The cars on this earth, they drive the gas,
we drink too much, and the ice is melting.

When will we all stop and listen?
When will we all stop and listen
to the voices who are calling, rising up,
to the voices who are calling, rising up?
When will the voices stop and listen
to we who are calling - all rising up?
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About "Paradelle for the Masses," Erika Moss Gordon writes
The paradelle is a four stanza poem invented by U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins as a parody of the villanelle.  The form follows a strict line and word format so that in the first three stanzas, lines one and three are repeated and then every single word from the first four lines must be used in lines five and six.  Technically, the final stanza is supposed to use every word from the first three stanzas and only those words, but oh well – these days it’s all about breaking paradigms, right? 

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