Written for Quickly #18 – Whole Cloth
Begin with a lie.
At some point mention a specific date.
Include one small animal and one large one (names will suffice).
Before you finish, correct the lie in such a way that there’s doubt as to which version is true.
Appeal to two of the senses.

I love camping out,
toasting marshmallows,
crackling fires,
and night bird tunes.
Good getaway from hoopla
of July Fourth. How
my dogs shake.  To them
firecrackers are earthquakes.
My old cat sat in a kitchen
window, in hot or cold
weather, never cared
about noise. I hear
there are bears that wander
into campgrounds, and steal
food in pitch blackness.
My sister and me are still
terrified of the dark. We
both sleep with lights on.


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

  1. chungwipff says:

    Cool! I’m going to try this with my students tomorrow! (5th and 6th graders)

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  2. julespaige says:

    Nicely done.
    I didn’t follow the rules. But I posted something.

    Happy New Year!

    (I did camp as a child – but not if I don’t have to now…)


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