Phrases upended – Day 13.4.2018 NaPoWriMo

Today, we challenge you to write a poem in which the words or meaning of a familiar phrase get up-ended

Flipped Slippers


Elvis (and the cat) Has Left The Buiding


My cat, who edits my poems

has only one life, mustering a cut,

knocking over one stool and then the other;

cracking the eggs she hadn’t counted

as she welcomes The King, disguising

this as a bridge ready to cross (if he’s

going home).


She knows I despise clichés and she

dislikes the dresses laid out for the lamb:

(this cat wants her sleeper owner still

in her dressing gown at noon.) And, her

life, so salubrious, forget the other eight.


She saw the deck was full of party goers

and  soon the roof would be too snow covered

even for a cat, so she slipped away

under the fence leaving me to chew

on this perfectly excellent steak (the

best thing) because the bread, not sliced

and not baked.


Benita Kape © 13.4.2018



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