Finding Eldorado [Poetry: Anytime, Anyplace…]

Poetry: Anytime, Anyplace, About Anything – Finding Eldorado

By, Donna M. Monnig

El Dorado

Finding Eldorado
       Sadly contrite
       A cowardly knight
In moonshine and sun’s shadow
       Had sat awhile
       Being lazy in style
Having found Eldorado
       He would die young
       This coward unsung
His story but a mere shadow
       He would die on the ground
       None knew he had found
The land of Eldorado
       He’d been lazy at length
       Losing all of his strength
From pillaging in the shadow
       Rich he would be  
       He’d thought with glee
Possessing the land of Eldorado
       Over alligators
        In the lagoon
Down an alleyway of shadow
       Lying on his side
       He drunkenly died
In his mind, he was in Eldorado.
©Donna M. Monnig
Today’s NaPoWriMo prompt was to rewrite a poem so that every word in a line meant the opposite of what it did in the original poem. I didn’t follow the prompt exactly, but I did rewrite Edgar Allan Poe’s “Eldorado.”
NaPoWriMo prompt: Day 30  

About Donna M. Monnig

Donna M. Monnig is a published poet, aspiring novelist, freelance writer, a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, and is a cowgirl at heart.
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2 Responses to Finding Eldorado [Poetry: Anytime, Anyplace…]

  1. Kathie says:

    Now I will have to go find Eldorado and read it for myself! This was a fun prompt! It seems you did a good job with it and still told a good story! P.S. I like horses too, as well as birds!


    • “Eldorado” is one of my favorite poems, I highly reccommend it (I even love the Spanish translation of it)! Of course, pretty much any of Edgar Allan Poe’s poems are well worth reading. My rewritten version is not comparable to the original, but like you said, it was a fun prompt. Glad you liked my version, let me know what you think of the original.
      God Bless,


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