In Muffled Terror

Gently, let me sleep my love
Be silent, not a peep, my dove
Hordes barking high on drugs
Unleash their demons loose on us

Let me end their souls rerun
My heart and senses fantasies
Nightmare this dream, raising the gun
Will cease tormenting enemies

Dim your eyes, it’s for the best
Freed from wicked weather
Hands over your ears, head on chest
While I banish demons forever

Let us rest then, you and I
While changelings beat retreat
As the head-blown monsters cry
Survive we two that they don’t eat

And when next night begins to fall
This dream of terror darkening
In silence the screeching call
Be the mealtime bell they ring

Greetings! Day Twenty-four of the NaPoWriMo challenge brings a prompt that provides a bit of Friday fun. Today, the challenge is to write a parody or satire based on a famous poem. It can be long or short, rhymed or not. But take a poem of the past, and see if you can’t re-write it on humorous, mocking, or sharp-witted lines. You can use your poem to make fun of the original (in the vein of a parody), or turn the form and manner of the original into a vehicle for making points about something else.

I can’t explain why I so often end up writing about zombies. It’s not a favorite topic of mine, but for some reason they creep into my writing. Here’s the original poem:

In Muted Tone

By Paul Verlaine
Translated By Norman R. Shapiro

Gently, let us steep our love
In the silence deep, as thus,
Branches arching high above
Twine their shadows over us.

Let us blend our souls as one,
Hearts’ and senses’ ecstasies,
Evergreen, in unison
With the pines’ vague lethargies.

Dim your eyes and, heart at rest,
Freed from all futile endeavor,
Arms crossed on your slumbering breast,
Banish vain desire forever.

Let us yield then, you and I,
To the waftings, calm and sweet,
As their breeze-blown lullaby
Sways the gold grass at your feet.

And, when night begins to fall
From the black oaks, darkening,
In the nightingale’s soft call
Our despair will, solemn, sing

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