Prompt 23, Hour 23
Home stretch now!
Write a poem about an imaginary pet or person. The poem can be from your perspective, the perspective of a neutral third party, or from the perspective of the imaginary pet or person themselves.
Sestina – Imaginary
1 I have often felt I am imaginary,
That I am not a real person.
I am little more than someone’s pet;
but perhaps this is a flawed perspective.
Can a person change, how they see themselves
or within their own life do they stay neutral?
2 It doesn’t seem possible to stay neutral;
My feelings are not imaginary,
they are personal only to one person
but are easily dismissed, like a pet
making me lose my perspective
when people say words to hurt themselves.
3 But rarely will one hurt themselves
choosing instead, to find themselves neutral.
This strange belief is imaginary
like a fallacy dressed as a person.
I have no love for a gifted pet
lost; by any other perspective.
4 I climb higher, seeking a new perspective;
Most will never do this for themselves.
Choosing ignorance, in belief it is neutral;
but inaction is intrinsically imaginary.
An unengaged, unpredictable person
who seeks not a partner but a pet.
5 A companion; not an equal, but a pet
is a prisoner by another perspective.
The kept one may not see it themselves;
believing themselves to be neutral.
Any problems they see are imaginary
if they happen to another person.
6 Who does that make you; what type of person?
Are you a wild lion; or a house cat pet?
Perhaps if you pursue a new perspective
then the masses can answer for themselves.
When I have tried and failed to stay neutral;
My own ignorance becomes imaginary.
7 I no longer want to be an imaginary person;
Nor a kept pet with no outside perspective.
Defy those who defy themselves to stay neutral.
Poem 23 of 24, written for the 24hr Poetry Marathon 2020 by DS Coremans
www.dscoremans.com – Forever Distracted by Life