Cat of a Different Stripe

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads:  “Mythical Prejudice” –
Poetry and Flash Fiction with Magaly

For today’s challenge, I invite you to write a 3-stanza poem or a very short story (313 words or fewer) that explores prejudice from the point of view of a mythical creature who is part of our modern world.


Jealous are they, thought the Cheshire cat;
they cannot disappear just like that.
Other cats tease me ’bout my infectious grin.
When they have a Cat Caucus, they do not let me in.

All my ancestors were Mag-Cats from birth.
Do they want to wipe us from the face of earth?
Many have accused me of being insane,
for my vanishing act fills them with disdain.

Tiger-striped, tabbies, tuxedos, and white
cats are each unique, accepted on sight.
Go back where you came from, those felines jeer.
Don’t they understand I was born right here?

Note:  The Cheshire Cat (/ˈtʃɛʃər/ or /ˈtʃɛʃɪər/) is a fictional cat popularised by Lewis Carroll in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and known for its distinctive mischievous grin. While most often celebrated in Alice-related contexts, the Cheshire Cat predates the 1865 novel and has transcended the context of literature and become enmeshed in popular culture, appearing in various forms of media, from political cartoons to television, as well as cross-disciplinary studies, from business to science. One of its distinguishing features is that from time to time its body disappears, the last thing visible being its iconic grin.  

~ From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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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11 Responses to Cat of a Different Stripe

  1. Those catty cats. 🙂


  2. Nan Mykel says:

    I just love it! What a creative imagination. Fits the prompt purrfectly!


  3. The unfairness is maddening. To try to keep such a specimen out of their ranks speaks of pure jealousy, indeed. I mean, who wouldn’t love that grin?

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  4. sanaarizvi says:

    This is soo beautifully creative! ❤️


  5. Jim says:

    I’m smiling like a Cheshire cat, 🙂 , Sarah.


  6. Myrna Zach says:

    Really one of your best

    Sent from my iPad



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