National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #5 (pt. 2)

Here I use the napowrimo.net prompt: ‘a poem that incorporates at least one of the following: (1) the villanelle form, (2) lines taken from an outside text, and/or (3) phrases that oppose each other in some way.’ I didn’t follow the example and include song lyrics, because music publishers tend to be more alert to copyright infringement—but I did happen to be watching Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged appearance on YouTube, so my ‘outside text’ is ‘Come as you are’. I specifically countered that sentiment with ‘dress it up’, but tried to include opposites throughout.

Dress it up, if you dare
The sign says nothing, so improvise
Come as you are

I’m not going anywhere
I’m in no mood for surprise
Dress it up, if you dare

Where’d it go? I was sure I put it over there
Sometimes things disappear before your eyes
Come as you are

I’ve never got very far, but I try not to care
It’s always a choice: the truth or the disguise
Dress it up, if you dare

Now that she’s gone, my coat occupies that chair
Absence is the worst part when someone dies
Come as you are

I still talk to you as if you were there
the conversation always ends in sighs
Dress it up, if you dare
Come as you are

(5 April 2019)