Where’s Weird Al When You Need Him?

Today’s poetry challenge actually kind of made me smile a bit. We’re to write a parody or satire of a favorite, or unfavorite, poem of the past. So, when I saw the word parody I immediately thought of Weird Al Yankovich. Wouldn’t you? The man made a fortune off of his parodies of songs. My personal favorite is still Eat It. Even Big Son knows Weird Al. Oh my gosh, do you remember that he had a movie called UHF?

A famous parody in poetry is The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd by Sir Walter Raleigh, an answer to Christopher Marlowe’s The Passionate Shepherd to his Love (click here to read both side by side). I remember reading both of these and smiling at the reply by Raleigh. Marlowe’s shepherd is trying to win the heart of his ladylove, and Raleigh’s nymph replies that she cannot be won by material things. The Nymph’s Reply is not a particularly humorous poem, but you perceive a sense of humor within it’s lines. I always picture Raleigh writing it with a hint of a mischievous smile on his face.

I took my cue from these poems. My parody is not really a parody, but a reply. I took Sara Teasdale’s I Shall Not Care and responded. You can read the original here. I am also including another poem I wrote, not as a parody or satire, but in homage to another Teasdale poem (my favorite) titled Moods.

Blogging A to Z Challenge: letter U, word Uncaring.

Hope you like both poems.

xo Jesi

P.S. Formatting didn’t work today. Each poem contains two quatrains. (four line stanzas)



By Jessica Scott

When you are dead and gone, and April’s

Rain-drenched hair has long since dried,

I will lean above you, broken heart mended,

And my love to you confide.

And while at peace you may be resting,

Cold-hearted and silent in your grave,

You will know I did always care,

But your heart you never gave.

Moods Part II-Tribute to Sara Teasdale

By Jessica Scott

I am the red sky dawning

                After the shadows of the night.

Be for me the new day sighing,

                Be for me the light.

I am the grey clouds crying,

                Too full of sorrow and of pain.

Be for me the bright sun shining,

                Be for me the sweet Spring rain.

Jesi Kay
Jesi Kay, poet and aspiring novelist, was born in the Texas panhandle where wide skies, lazy summer days, and rolling thunderstorms sparked her imagination and left lasting memories in her blood. An early reader, poetry and mythology were her passions. So much so that when she was ten years old her step-father gave her his college mythology textbooks to read, which were full of classic poetry and more than enough tales to fill her romantic and inquisitive nature. Jesi loves reading, art, going to the theater, the romanticism of the Victorian era (but not the missing conveniences of indoor plumbing and central air conditioning), running when the heat and humidity cooperate, and cold weather so she can wear her favorite boots and knitwear. Also, she still has those college mythology textbooks, a little worse for wear over time but still intact and telling their stories to her. Jesi is a contributor at The Well Tempered Bards blog and at www.octpowrimo.com.

5 Replies to “Where’s Weird Al When You Need Him?

  1. My kids love weird al – so many good ones! The Star Wars Episode One remake of American Pie may be our favorite but I can’t help laughing at White and Nerdy. The videos are greatness

    Nice response poems! And just think, this time next week our challenges will be over. Whew!

  2. BLIMEY if that’s the kind of poetry her poems elicit from you, no wonder she’s a favourite of yours. These are brilliant. I felt them, deeply.

    My favourite Weird Al song BEYOND A DOUBT is Word Crimes. Followed by Perform This Way and Fat.

    1. Thank you, sweets. It’s hard to take credit when all you do is use the same rhyme patterns or words that are used in the original, but I am pleased with how they came out. And they came from that deep well within.

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