For the NaPoWriMo prompt today I have based my rhyme on this stanza of
Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam:
Come, fill the Cup, and in the fire of Spring
Your Winter-garment of Repentance fling:
The Bird of Time has but a little way
To flutter — and the Bird is on the Wing.
After I had written it, I was called away, and when I returned to the computer there it was … gone! No save, no search in deleted items or files would show it, and so I gave up and re-wrote it as follows:
Go, fill the Glass, and in the chill of Fall,
Your Summer garments shed, and have a Ball,
My goodness is so great that it is apt
To dazzle – and can drive you up the wall.
For you must drink and think of just how good
I am, as properly I’m sure you should,
(And I’m so glad that I don’t need to find
That rhyme-word – third line – don’t think that I could.)
Though you may think I’m wearing a red hat,
This habit is not one that I am at,
Perhaps I should, though, so that it can go
With goodness – as I say, I’m good at that.
My goodness gracious, I can clearly show
There’s value found within a red chapeau,
One scribbled by Picasso came to be
Worth plenty – why, I simply do not know.
As I finished it, I thunk to myself: what if I had deleted the first one by accident-like? So I tried clicking ‘undo’ until I went cross-eyed. Sure enough, when my new version finally vanished, I found an ‘Undo cut’ which restored the first one. Why didn’t I think of doing that before?
In cases like this one is always convinced that the lost one was the masterpiece, and the replacement a feeble shadow. Now, that can be tested. Which version do you think is best?
Come, fill the Glass, and in the chill of Fall,
Leave Summertime, and let us have a Ball,
This has, one sees, a Ring undoubtedly
Familiar: Oh, Hello there? Did you Call?
Red bonnets are the thing of Riding Hood,
Which Fairytales suggest, as well they should;
(I’m glad this line does not have any need
Of rhyming – do one there would not be good.)
But then, some Goodness one will need to Bring
Into the Poem, of which we can Sing:
That I am Good is to be taken as
A Given – for I Give like anything!
So, do I tend to wear a Bonnet, Red?
I fear that truthfully such can’t be said,
But Chapeau Rouge can reach the Highest Heights
In Value – that is really Go-ahead!