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Writer’s Digest Poem a Day – Day 1

Writer’s Digest Poem A Day prompt for day 1 was

Today’s prompt is a poem of negation – yes (or maybe, no), I challenge you to write a poem that involves describing something in terms of what it is not, or not like. For example, if you chose a whale as the topic of your poem, you might have lines like “It does not settle down in trees at night, cooing/Nor will it fit in your hand.”

My little attempt:

A Cat Is Not A Dog.  Meow!

A cat is not a dog.

It does not sit

except when it wants

and where.

No fetch unless

it spies a mouse,

an offering unasked

in your lap.


Not on your life

unless to

stick its leg

up in the air

just when you snap

the camera lens.

But then again

no walking

in the snow and rain.

A cat just goes

but only if the box is clean.

A cat is a self-cleaning machine.

No, a dog is definitely not a cat.

Some say thank goodness for that.

Agree or not.

Either way

what you do

it’s up to you.

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