Cat Double

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads:  Weekend Mini Challenge:  “Following A Thread”  (posted by Outlawyer)
Modern poetry sometimes tells stories rather indirectly–something like a journey or an exploratory excavation might take place in the walk-through of a house (where nothing seems to happen in the immediate poem, but whole lifetimes are told.)  Here are two examples : “A Story” by Philip Levine, and  “Abandoned Farmhouse “by Ted Kooser. 
The prompt today is to think of some narrative when writing your poem. Your poem does not need to directly tell a story–though it can–but whatever you write about, try to follow through on its thread; even let that thread lead you, though it may not have a clear sense of where it is going!  Your starting off point may be something quite surreal.

She did not suspect
I was tailing her,
right down that rabbit
hole. Actually, only rabbit
I saw was an upright, uptight,
white one. He was quite
distinguished, dressed
to a tea, shaking his head
at a pocket watch. Oh,
the characters I met. Soon
became clear to me, you see,
that a vanishing cat needs
a double. I applied,
got the job. She went home
but I stayed. To this day,
I do knot regret it.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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4 Responses to Cat Double

  1. “upright, uptight,” perfect description


  2. Oh you did have fun with this – nothing more enchanting & awake with excitement that falling down into a rabbit hole filled with imagination! Love the language play & that you stayed on the job! Cats are indeed mischievous and mysterious characters themselves. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!


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